• Essential Questions

    How do the geography and climate of the U.S. influence how the people live?
What do the people of the U.S. do to meet their needs (economy)?
Students will be able to locate the U.S. on a map or globe.
What beliefs, ideas, celebrations, traditions, and values make up the culture of the U.S.?
How do the people of the U.S. govern themselves?

What students must be able to do:
  • Students will identify the U.S as a North American Country bordered by the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, Canada and Mexico.
  • Students will be able to identify and locate the capital (Washington, D.C.)
  • Students will discuss and read about the U.S’s geography, natural resources, climate, and the population’s adaptations to those.
  • Students will take an informal assessment based on the essential knowledge taught.
  • Students will recognize the U.S.’s influence on the world economy through its exports.
  • Students will identify some of the exports and imports of the U.S
  • Students will discuss how U.S. geography impacts its economy.
  • Identify the natural resources, agricultural goods, and major industries of the U.S.
  • Identify the national holidays of the U. S.
  • Discuss traditions that are unique to the different cultural groups in the U.S.
  • Identify elements of a culture in the community.
  • Identify reasons communities may be different.
  • Students will read and discuss folktales from various countries and explore the similarities and differences.
  • Identify the U.S. flag