Nebraska Core Academic Content Standards
NE.SS.6. Grades 6-8 (United States/World)
SS 8.3. Geography: Students will develop and apply spatial perspective and geographic skills to make informed decisions regarding issues and current events at local, state, national and international levels.
The World in Spatial Terms
SS 8.3.1. Students will analyze where (spatial) and why people, places, and environments are organized on the Earth’s surface.
SS 8.3.1.a. Use and interpret different types of maps/charts/diagrams/timelines (primary sources where available)
SS 8.3.1.b. Use and interpret the results of mapping technologies, parts of a map and map projections (e.g., cartography/ Geographic Information Systems)
SS 8.3.1.c. Compare world views using mental maps (e.g., students sketch a map to demonstrate their personal perception of the world and compare it to previous personal maps)
SS 8.3.4. Students will analyze and interpret patterns of culture around the world.
SS 8.3.4.a. Compare and contrast characteristics of groups of people/settlements (e.g., population density, distribution and growth, migration patterns, diffusion of people, places, and ideas, westward expansion of immigrants, Homestead Act)
SS 8.3.5. Students will analyze how humans have adapted to different physical environments.
SS 8.3.5.b. Identify and evaluate how humans utilize the physical environment (e.g., irrigation, levees, terraces, fertile soils, mechanized agriculture, changes in land use)