New York State Learning Standards and Core Curriculum
NY.RH.5-8. Reading Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies
Craft and Structure
RH.5-8.5. Describe how a text presents information (e.g., sequentially, comparatively, causally).
Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity
RH.5-8.10. By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend history/social studies texts in the grades 5-8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
NY.5P. Grade 5: Social Studies Practices
5P.A. Gathering, Interpreting, and Using Evidence
5P.A.5. Identify implicit ideas to draw inference, with support.
5P.D. Geographic Reasoning
5P.D.2. Distinguish human activities and human-made features from “environments” (natural events or physical features—land, air, and water—that are not directly made by humans) in the Western Hemisphere.
NY.5. The Western Hemisphere
5.4. GEOGRAPHY IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE: The diverse geography of the Western Hemisphere has influenced human culture and settlement in distinct ways. Human communities in the Western Hemisphere have modified the physical environment. (Standard: 3, Theme: GEO)
5.4b. The Western Hemisphere can be divided into regions. Regions are areas that share common, identifiable characteristics such as physical, political, economic, or cultural features. Regions within the Western Hemisphere include:
5.4b.a. North America (Canada and the United States)
5.4c. The physical environment influences human population distribution, land use, and other forms of economic activity.
5.4c.1. Students will map the regions within the Western Hemisphere and locate major physical features within each region.
5.4c.2. Students will create a political map of the Western Hemisphere, noting which countries are in which region, and a political map of the United States showing the location of the states.