New Mexico Content Standards
NM.I: History: Students are able to identify important people and events in order to analyze significant patterns, relationships, themes, ideas, beliefs, and turning points in New Mexico, United States, and world history in order to understand the complexity of the human experience. Students will:
1-B: United States: analyze and interpret major eras, events and individuals from the periods of exploration and colonization through the civil war and reconstruction in United States history:
1-B:1. Explain the motivations for the European exploration of the Americas (e.g., Leif Ericson, Christopher Columbus, John Cabot, Hernan Cortez, Jacques Cartier, Henry Hudson);
NM.II: Geography: Students understand how physical, natural, and cultural processes influence where people live, the ways in which people live, and how societies interact with one another and their environments. Students will
2-A: Analyze and evaluate the characteristics and purposes of geographic tools, knowledge, skills and perspectives and apply them to explain the past, present and future in terms of patterns, events and issues:
2-A:2. Demonstrate how different areas of the United States are organized and interconnected;
2-A:5. Employ fundamental geographic vocabulary (e.g., latitude, longitude, interdependence, accessibility, connections);
2-A:8. Identify and locate natural and man-made features of local, regional, state, national and international locales.
2-B: Explain the physical and human characteristics of places and use this knowledge to define regions, their relationships with other regions, and their patterns of change:
2-B:1. Describe human and natural characteristics of places; and
2-B:2. Describe similarities and differences among regions of the globe, and their patterns of change.
2-D: Explain how physical processes shape the earth's surface patterns and biosystems:
2-D:1. Explain how the four provinces of New Mexico's land surface (plains, mountains, plateau, basin and range) support life.