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Delaware Recommended Curriculum This unit has been created as an exemplary model for teachers in (re)design of course curricula. An exemplary model unit has undergone a rigorous peer review and jurying process to ensure alignment to selected Delaware Content Standards. Unit Title: Reasons for Regions Designed by: Maggie Legates Delaware Geographic Alliance Content Area: Social Studies Grade Level: 6 ____________________________________________________________ Summary of Unit This unit for 6 th grade develops the concept of regions by introducing to students to the idea of economic regions - areas where people engage in similar economic activities. Students learn how people use land, and how the choices they make about how to use the land result in patterns of functional regions. In earlier grades, students have been introduced to regions as helpful mental constructs that people use to better understand their surroundings. The concepts of shared characteristics of places in an area and the importance of establishing boundaries and borders have been established. They have explored regions based on factors like political control, climate, topography, and cultural factors. They have learned to place their local town or community in the context of other regions. They have studied the local community to understand its characteristics, borders and connections. This unit will introduce a more formalized study of regions, with a particular focus on economic regions and specialization. There are at least three different types of regions that students should understand: formal (where the defining features of the region extend uniformly from border to border, such as a legal/political region); functional (where the defining characteristic of the region is strongest in the center and becomes less evident towards the edges, such as the reception area for a TV station); perceptual (a region that exists only in the mind, such as “the South” or “the Far West” with no agreed-upon boundaries). Economic activities are usually defined in terms of functional regions where the edges are zones rather than single lines. Students should recognize that economic regions are increasingly based on specialization, such as Central Valley of California, known for its Mediterranean agricultural products. Specialized regions can be altered by changes in transport technology or politics. For instance, Australia was once a producer of wool until refrigerated ships allowed meat to be supplied to United Kingdom markets. But when the U.K. joined the European Union, market preference was reduced and Australia has now become part of the Asian region, supplying countries such as Japan with needed minerals. 1 Stage 1 – Desired Results 1 Understanding the Geography Standards 1
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What students will know, do, and understand ____________________________________________________________ Delaware Content Standard Geography Standard Four 6-8a: Students will understand the processes affecting the location of economic activities in different world regions.
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