Lesson 1: Physical/Human Systems
Learning Targets and Language Objectives
- I can distinguish between human and physical characteristics of a given region
- I can describe how changes in regional societies have led to diverse [different] uses of the physical features in the region.
Using a case study, I can write a thesis statement and cite supporting evidence to explain the impact of environmental change over time.
Question: What are five physical characteristics and five human characteristics of Houston?
Stand when you have written the answer to the question using this stem:
Say: In my opinion, five physical characteristics of Houston are…and five human characteristics of Houston are….
Share with a partner
Assess: Call on several, random pairs to share their responses.
Earth and Plate Tectonics
Use the Maps of Russia website to explore various maps of Russia as you discuss.
With a partner, brainstorm ways human activity impacts the physical environment of Houston. You may want to refer back to the lists you made at the beginning of this lesson.
Choose one example of a human activity that impacts the physicl environment;
- Explain the benefits that the community gains from this human activity.
- Explain one possible negative effect or unintended environmental consequence.
Complete the task in your group.
Download and save the handout WGS_Geography Mystery_Unit 3 , follow the directions to interpret various sources, to reach a conclusion, and to summarize findings in writing about the location, causes and effects of an environmental disaster.
Complete Exit Ticket World Health Organization Memo in the Hub. Use the following sentence stem:
Based on the research of our group, I believe that… (Write a brief summary of the group’s fact finding mission and any recommendations for the World Health Organization).