Standard 1: Understand how to use maps and other geographic representations, tools and technology to report information.

General Information
Number: SS.6.G.1
Title: Understand how to use maps and other geographic representations, tools and technology to report information.
Type: Standard
Subject: Social Studies
Grade: 6
Strand: Geography

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Access Points

SS.6.G.1.AP.1
Select the correct latitude and longitude coordinates of a designated item on a map grid.
SS.6.G.1.AP.2
Identify the purposes of different types of maps, such as political, physical, or special purpose.
SS.6.G.1.AP.3
Identify various types of landforms such as the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa, Himalayas, and Gobi Desert.
SS.6.G.1.AP.4
Identify and use tools of geography, such as maps, globes, satellite images, and charts.
SS.6.G.1.AP.5
Use scale conversions and cardinal directions to identify distance and direction between two identified locations on a map or grid.
SS.6.G.1.AP.6
Identify types of major bodies of water in the world, and recognize ways they have impacted agriculture, trade, and exploration.
SS.6.G.1.AP.7
Use maps to identify landforms and boundaries of ancient civilizations that still shape the world today.

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Exploring Ancient Greece with Play Dough Mountains:


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