Standard 3-1: The student will demonstrate an understanding of places and regions in South Carolina and the role of human systems in the state.
Enduring Understanding: People utilize, adapt to, and modify the physical environment to meet their needs. They also identify regions based on geographic and human characteristics to help them interpret Earth’s complexity. To understand how people interact with the physical environment, the student will utilize the knowledge and skills set forth in the following indicators:
3-1.1 Categorize the six landform regions of SC—the Blue Ridge, the Piedmont, the Sand Hills, the Inner Coastal Plain, the Outer Coastal Plain, and the Coastal Zone--according to their climate, physical features, and natural resources.
Tiger’s Journey Through The Palmetto State by Aimee Aryal (Gamecock version too)
Regions song (also have power point with the words)
Compare regions (Venn diagram, charts, etc.)
Create a chart (flipbook) listing region and land/climate, cities, features, etc.
Students write a letter persuading someone why a certain region is the best
Tourism brochure-could create for region or state (similar to ones you pick up in restaurants, etc.)
Use any of the maps in the atlas. Have students identify the title and discuss how this shows what the map is. Review directions with students (Never Eat Sour Watermelons, etc.) and give some practice questions. Ex. What is north of _____?
Legend-show students some examples in atlas. Teacher could draw a map of classroom and have students help create legend (what should be desks, shelves, etc.)
Orientation-use atlas to practice right, left, etc. Teacher could have students try to draw her directions (draw a square in the top corner. In the middle of your paper, write the number 7. To the left of the number, make a heart, etc).
Scale-this is the first time students are introduced to this. Look at sample map scales and explain that some maps are larger/smaller. Show students how to use a scale (use ruler, paper, other measure) and have students practice.
http://studysc.org/elementary/sc-regions awesome-click on region, brings back info
3-1.2 Describe the location and characteristics of significant features of South Carolina, including landforms; river systems such as the Pee Dee River Basin, the Santee River Basin, the Edisto River Basin, and the Savannah River Basin; major cities; and climate regions.
3-1.3 Explain interactions between the people and the physical landscape of South Carolina over time, including the effects on population distribution, patterns of migration, access to natural resources, and economic development.
http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/activity/why-people-move/?ar_a=1&ar_r=999 lesson about migration/why people move
Compare various maps, have students discuss (search sciway)
http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/45000.html provides lots of info about SC statistics-can also search by city*