Curriculum Design Online

Let's Get Physical

  • $5.50

An Integrated, Interdisciplinary, Thematic Socials Studies Unit on Continuity and Change-Physical Geography Our physical geography is measured in many ways. Physical geography is measured through landforms, maps, and coordinates. Physical geography has changed throughout the ages. Studying these changes is important to understand how geography impacts the world and our lives.

Changes in our geographical environment can be brought about naturally, or by human intervention. People use the resources in their area to meet their needs. People also change their environments to make survival easier. Both natural and "human" changes to the environment affect the people, animals and plants that live in the area and these changes have long term effects, both positive and negative. It is important that the student understands the effects these changes have over time, and the connection between living organisms and their environments. Through such understanding, the student understands how changes affect the future of environments.

The concept of continuity and change is relative to geographical features and the use of natural resources. Students will learn to understand how people have used resources in their local regions and how they have modified their physical environments to meet the needs of their communities. Students will be able to compare and contrast the physical and human geographies of their local regions from past to present. They will also understand the co-dependent relationship between geography (environment) and the living organisms which inhabit them.