Washington DC Standards
DC.3-5. Historical and Social Sciences Analysis Skills
3-5.1. Chronology and Cause and Effect
3-5.1.4. Students summarize the key events of the era they are studying and explain the historical contexts of those events.
3-5.2. Geographic Skills
3-5.2.4. Students identify the human and physical characteristics of the places they are studying and explain how those features form the unique character of those places.
3-5.2.5. Students explain the distributions of cultures in places they study and how they create a cultural landscape.
3-5.2.6. Students describe the factors that influence the location, distribution, and interrelationships of economic activities in different regions.
3-5.2.7. Students trace how changes in technology, transportation, communication, and resources affect the location of economic activities.
DC.5. U.S. History and Geography: Westward Expansion to the Present
5.1. The New Nation's Westward Expansion (1790-1860): Students trace the colonization, immigration, and settlement patterns of the American people from 1789 to the mid-1800s.
5.1.9. Describe the search for gold in California and how the Gold Rush moved east to places such as Colorado and the Dakotas. (G, S, E)
5.12. Economic Growth and Reform in Contemporary America (1945-Present): Use geographic tools to locate and analyze information about people, places, and environments in the U.S.
5.12.1. Locate the U.S., the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi and Rio Grande rivers, the Great Lakes, Hudson Bay, and the Rocky and Appalachian mountain ranges. (G)
5.12.3. Locate and identify major geographic regions in the U.S. (e.g., Northeast, Southeast, and Southwest) and how regional differences in climate, types of farming, populations, and sources of labor shape their economies and societies. (G, E)
5.12.5. Locate and identify the climate, major physical features, and major natural resources in each region. (G)