Note:  This spring
(2006), the Social
Studies portion of the
MCAS tests will be in
practice form (will not
count).  It will be
administered  to 7th
grade students
and will cover the
material being taught
this year and in 6th
This year your child will be learning about Geography and
World Cultures
.  You may notice that the Social Studies
Frameworks for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
actually lists this as a 6th grade course.  DO NOT BE
ALARMED!  This is only a
suggestion from the state.  Each
individual district is permitted to create their own pathways,
as long as all of the Social Studies subjects are completed
by High School graduation.  This pathway was chosen by
the High School & Middle School Social Studies teachers,
and Asst. Superintendent Devine.
*Tests and Quizzes (multiple choice / Open Response)-
can the student find appropriate information to support
his/her answer to the key question?
*Homework: Can the student extract information from
the text and our notes, and write a thoughtful response
in complete sentences?
E.2 Use a map key to locate countries
and major cities in Europe. (G)
Smartboard & Powerpoint Presentation  Internet,
Textbook, Notes, Handouts, Globe, pull-down maps, and
What advantages and disadvantages arise from
being a landlocked nation?
Marine West Coast Climate, Humid Continental Climate,
Landlocked, Bauxite, Service Industries, World War II,
Magyars, Nomadic, Ottoman Empire, World War I,
Democratic-Republic, Political Regions, Spa's, Nature
Preserves, High Standard of Living, Kaolin, Slavic, "City of
a Hundred Spires", Christianity, Czech,  Czechoslovakia,
Vaclev Havel, Heavy Industry, Privatize, Corruption,
Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Prague, Budapest,
Bratislava, Sudeten (Sudetic) Mountains, Danube River,
Black Sea, Transdanubia, Great Hungarian Plain, Lake
Balaton, Carpathian Mountains, Tisza River, Tatra
Mountains, Austria, Russia, Bohemia, Moravia.
Click HERE for map links.
*E.1 On a map of the world, locate the
continent of Europe
. On a map of
Europe, locate the Atlantic Ocean,
Arctic Ocean, Norwegian Sea, and
Barents Sea. Locate the Volga,
Danube, Ural, Rhine, Elbe, Seine, Po,
and Thames Rivers. Locate the Alps,
Pyrenees, and
Balkan Mountains.
Locate the countries in the northern,
central, eastern, and western
regions of Europe.
"Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary"
Approved by the Massachusetts Department
Of Education, August, 2003.
Hello Parents!
Mr. P's Class
Chapter 13, Sec. 3
Key Question
E.3 Explain how the following five factors
have influenced settlement and the
economies of major European countries
A. absolute and relative locations
B. Climate
C. Major Physical Characteristics           
D. major natural resources
E. population size