SS.6.G.6.1

Describe the Six Essential Elements of Geography (The World in Spatial Terms, Places and Regions, Physical Systems, Human Systems, Environment, The Uses of Geography) as the organizing framework for understanding the world and its people.
General Information
Subject Area: Social Studies
Grade: 6
Strand: Geography
Status: State Board Approved

Related Courses

This benchmark is part of these courses.
2103010: M/J World Geography (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 - 2023 (current), 2023 and beyond)
2103015: M/J World Geography (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 - 2023 (current), 2023 and beyond)
2103016: M/J World Geography & Career Planning (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2019, 2019 - 2022, 2022 - 2023 (current), 2023 and beyond)
2103020: M/J World Geography, Advanced (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 - 2023 (current), 2023 and beyond)
2103025: M/J World Geography, Advanced (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2020 (course terminated))
2103026: M/J World Geography, Advanced and Career Planning (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2019 (course terminated))
2103030: M/J Geography: Asia, Oceania, Africa (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 - 2023 (current), 2023 and beyond)
2103040: M/J Geography: Europe and The Americas (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2019 (course terminated))
2103042: M/J Geography: Europe and The Americas & Career Planning (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2018 (course terminated))
2104000: M/J Social Studies (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 - 2023 (current), 2023 and beyond)
2105020: M/J World Cultures (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 - 2023 (current), 2023 and beyond)
2105025: M/J World Cultures & Career Planning (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2019, 2019 - 2022, 2022 - 2023 (current), 2023 and beyond)
2105030: M/J Advanced World Cultures (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 - 2023 (current), 2023 and beyond)
2109010: M/J World History (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 - 2023 (current), 2023 and beyond)
2109020: M/J World History, Advanced (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 - 2023 (current), 2023 and beyond)
7821022: Access M/J World History (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2018, 2018 and beyond)
2103017: M/J World Geography and Digital Technologies (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 - 2023 (current), 2023 and beyond)
2109015: M/J World History and Career Planning (Specifically in versions: 2016 - 2019, 2019 - 2022, 2022 - 2023 (current), 2023 and beyond)
2109025: M/J World History, Advanced and Career Planning (Specifically in versions: 2016 - 2019, 2019 - 2022, 2022 - 2023 (current), 2023 and beyond)
7821024: Access M/J World History and Career Planning (Specifically in versions: 2019 and beyond)

Related Access Points

Alternate version of this benchmark for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
SS.6.G.6.In.a: Identify ways geographers organize information, such as by spatial terms, places and regions, human systems, and the environment.
SS.6.G.6.Su.a: Recognize a way that geographers organize information, such as by places and regions or the environment.
SS.6.G.6.Pa.a: Recognize types of geographic information, such as places or spatial terms.

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Lesson Plans

Introduction to the Six Essential Elements of Geography:

In this first lesson of five in a unit on the Six Essential Elements of Geography students will be introduced to geographic concepts that are used to "make sense of the world" and will have a rudimentary understanding of the Elements and their application at the end of of the lesson. Students will begin to associate the Elements with real world examples. Students will engage in note-taking. These concepts cannot be mastered in a single lesson so it is recommended that the Six Essential Elements of Geography be taught as a unit.

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Mind Mapping Using the Six Essential Elements of Geography:

This lesson (part three of a five-part unit) will last approximately 90 minutes and can be used singly or as the third lesson of five in a unit on the Six Essential Elements of Geography. As a result of this lesson, students should be able to create a mind map from their notes and other subject matter materials to describe the six Essential Elements of Geography.

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Six Essential Elements- National Geographic Photograph Activity:

This lesson is the fourth in a unit of five lessons on the Six Essential Elements of Geography. In this lesson students will apply recently acquired knowledge regarding the Six Essential Elements of Geography. They will utilize National Geographic magazines to find examples of the six Elements and write to explain how the photograph fits the element. First, they will do this activity in groups; groups will each be assigned one Element. Second students will individually find an example of all six Elements. At the end of the lesson, students will present their work to the class.

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Six Essential Elements of Geography: Lesson 2:

This lesson should last approximately 70 minutes and is the second lesson in a 5-part unit on the 6 Essential Elements of Geography. After this lesson students will be able to begin to apply their new knowledge.

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The Six Essential Elements of Geography: Application to a City:

This is lesson five of a five-part unit on the Six Essential Elements of Geography. Students will conduct a short research project and select textual evidence and images from their research as they apply the 6 Essential Elements to a city as a framework for understanding it and the people who live there. They will synthesize their research into a poster or PowerPoint and present their work to the class.

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