Standard 2: Understand physical and cultural characteristics of places.

General Information
Number: SS.6.G.2
Title: Understand physical and cultural characteristics of places.
Type: Standard
Subject: Social Studies
Grade: 6
Strand: Geography

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This cluster includes the following access points.

Independent

SS.6.G.2.In.a
Identify how major physical characteristics, natural resources, climate, and location influenced where people settled in different ancient regions of the world.
SS.6.G.2.In.b
Differentiate continents, regions, countries, and cities in order to recognize different ways civilizations defined their territory, such as city-states, provinces, kingdoms, and empires.
SS.6.G.2.In.c
Identify effects of living near rivers, such as the Tigris and Euphrates (Mesopotamia) or Nile River Valley.
SS.6.G.2.In.d
Recognize ways the geographical location of ancient civilizations, such as Egypt, Rome, Greece, or China, contributed to the culture and politics.
SS.6.G.2.In.e
Identify how selected geographic boundaries invite or limit interaction with other regions and cultures, such as China limits and Greece invites.
SS.6.G.2.In.f
Recognize examples of cultural diffusion in ancient cultures, such as Romans adopting the Greek gods and goddesses and using Greek building techniques.
SS.6.G.2.In.g
Identify relative population density on a map.

Supported

SS.6.G.2.Su.a
Recognize major physical characteristics, natural resources, climate, or location of ancient civilizations of the world.
SS.6.G.2.Su.b
Recognize different ways civilizations defined their territory, such as city-states, provinces, kingdoms, and empires.
SS.6.G.2.Su.c
Recognize effects of living near the water, such as the Nile River Valley.
SS.6.G.2.Su.d
Recognize a way the geographical location of ancient civilizations, such as Egypt, Rome, Greece, or China, contributed to the culture and politics.
SS.6.G.2.Su.e
Recognize how selected geographic boundaries invite or limit interaction with other regions and cultures, such as China limits and Greece invites.
SS.6.G.2.Su.f
Recognize an example of cultural diffusion in ancient cultures, such as Romans adopting the Greek gods and goddesses or using Greek building techniques.
SS.6.G.2.Su.g
Recognize relative population density on a map.

Participatory

SS.6.G.2.Pa.a
Recognize a way the environment affects people.
SS.6.G.2.Pa.b
Recognize a way the environment affects people.
SS.6.G.2.Pa.c
Recognize a way living near water affects people.
SS.6.G.2.Pa.d
Recognize a way the geographical location of a country or civilization affects people.
SS.6.G.2.Pa.e
Recognize a way a geographic boundary affects people.
SS.6.G.2.Pa.f
Recognize that people share culture.
SS.6.G.2.Pa.g
Recognize a city on a map.

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Type: Lesson Plan

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Type: WebQuest

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