Mr. P's 7th
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.
CURRENT LESSON - "Russia - Land & Economy". The world's largest nation is our current focus,
specifically the geography and economic zones of Russia (other aspects will be covered in a later lesson).
Russia's size, climate, and history affect the life of Russians today. What problems, caused by these
factors, do you think create the biggest challenge for the Russian people? Give three specific examples.
STATE STANDARD(S) -
-(Key items in this lesson are highlighted in red).
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, southern, central,
eastern, and western regions of Europe.
E.2 Use a map key to locate countries and major cities in Europe. (G)
E.3 Explain how the following five factors have influenced settlement and the economies
of major European countries (G, E)
A. absolute and relative locations D. major natural resources
B. climate E. population size
C. major physical characteristics
NEA.1 On a map of the world, locate North and East Asia, the Pacific Ocean, and the Arctic Ocean. On a map of
East Asia, locate the Sea of Japan, the Yellow Sea, the East China Sea, the Gobi Desert, the Himalayas, and the
Huang He (Yellow) and Chang Jiang (Yantgtze) Rivers. On a map of North Asia, locate Siberia and the Yenisey,
Lena, and Kolyma rivers. (G)
NEA.2 Use a map key to locate the countries and major cities in the various regions of East Asia. (G, E)
NEA.3 Explain how the following five factors have influenced settlement and the economies of major East Asian
countries. (G, E)
A. absolute and relative locations
C. major physical characteristics
D. major natural resources
E. population size
Eurasian, Mid-Latitude Climate
Group, Humid Continental
Zone, High-Latitude Climate
Group, Steppe Zone, Tundra
Zone, Taiga, Ring Of Fire,
Canals, Permafrost, Heavy
Industry, Light Industry,
Consumer Goods, High-Tech
Industry, Irrigation, Bauxite,
LOCATE ON A MAP
Europe, Asia, Arctic Ocean,
Pacific Ocean, Baltic Sea,
Barents Sea, Siberia, North
Siberian Plain, Central
Siberian Plateau, West
Siberian Plain, Ural Mountain,
Caucasus Mountains, Mt.
Elbrus, Moscow, Mongolia,
Sayan Mountains, Black Sea,
Yablonovyy Mountain Range,
St. Petersburg, Volgograd,
Don River, Volga River,
Stanovoy Mountain Range,
Chersky Mountains, Sea of
Okhotsk, Sea Of Azov,
Kamchatka Peninsula, Lake
Baikal, Caspian Sea, Ob
River, Lena River, Irtysh
River, Yenisey River,
Kalingrad, Neva River, Gulf
Of Finland, Murmansk,
Click HERE for map links.
ASSESSMENT - *Class participation; Can the student clearly explain the concepts discussed?
*Open-Notebook Test (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
Presentation (click here for
sample), Textbook, Notes,
pull-down maps, and