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Grade 7 5-1

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Oklahoma Academic Standard 5. The student will compare common physical and human characteristics of regions which create identity or uniqueness and influence people’s perceptions of the Eastern Hemisphere.

Objective 7.5.1  Define the concept of region and explain how and why regions change over time through physical and human processes which operate to modify the Earth’s surface.

In a Nutshell

Students are expected to understand how the world is divided into areas that have common features, whether natural or man-made, called regions. Landscapes, climate, language, and ethnicity are examples of features that can define a region. Determining the unifying factors in an area allows students to compare different locations, explore how the region has changed, and predict future trends in regional changes.

Teacher Action 

Student Action 

  • Assist students in integrating the use of visual information with textual information from primary and secondary sources to identify various regions based on physical and human characteristics.

  • Provide opportunities for students to express opposing viewpoints about the causes of physical and human changes and guide students in composing argumentative written products defending their conclusions.  

  • Make connections between spatial patterns of physical and human features of the Earth’s surface by interpreting satellite images and using geographic technology to create multi-model presentations identifying changes in regions over a period of time.

  • Distinguish multiple causation, immediate and long-term cause-effect relationships by constructing timelines which reflect events related to regional changes over time.

Key Concepts 


  • types of regions, such as physical (relative location, climate, vegetation, natural resources), cultural (language, religion, ethnicity, historical connections), economic (type of economic systems, economic activities), and political (types of government, alliances)

  • causes for regional changes over time, such as cultural diffusion, political conflict, economic growth or decline, economic activities, climatic changes, urbanization

  • Many students will recognize short-term changes brought about by economic, environmental, or political conditions, yet struggle to comprehend the lasting impact of human activities over an extended period of time. 

  • Some students tend to view the concept of "region" as only applying to political divisions or physical features common to an area; while neglecting to examine the many ways the Earth's surface and its people can be divided into regions based on different characteristics shared. 

Instructional Resources

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