Social Studies Unit 1

EQ: How does geography influence the Western Hemisphere?

Lesson:Why were roads important to the Inca Empire?

Students analyze how the Incas developed techniques to overcome the difficult territory of the Andes.Students will learn how their road system worked and how it was used.

Technology Synopsis

Students will create a diagram using Google Drawings to illustrate how the Inca road system functioned and how Inca runners used that system. Students will post their links to their diagrams on edmodo so that they can review and comment.

Lesson: How is the geography of the Western Hemisphere unique?

Students will identify the different ways that the Western Hemisphere is organized. Students will research the geographical regions of the Western Hemisphere using trade books, websites, and by interpreting thematic maps.
The United States - Location, Size and Regions

Technology Synopsis

Students will create a travel log as if they went on an adventure and traveled from one continent to another. Students will use to present their log that will include visuals and be interactive to the class.

Lesson:What is the geologic history of the Western Hemisphere?

Students will understand the concept of Pangaea so that students will understand how the Western Hemisphere was developed. Students will also understand the concept of Continental Drift.
From Pangaea to the Modern Continents

Technology Synopsis

Students will create a presentation to teaching the class a theory of how Pangea formed and split apart. Students will also include in their presentations their predictions about where the continents might be situated in the future. Student will use prezi for their presentations since they can include text, visuals, and links to explain their theories.


SS.5.2 COMPLEX SOCIETIES AND CIVILIZATIONS: Between 1100 B.C.E. and 1500 C.E., complex societies and civilizations developed in the Western Hemisphere. Although these complex societies and civilizations have certain defining characteristics in common, each is also known for unique cultural achievements and contributions.

SS.5.4 GEOGRAPHY IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE:Geological processes shaped the physical environments of the Western Hemisphere (Ice Age, weather, wind and water). The Western Hemisphere is divided into countries and regions.Continents, countries and regions of the Western Hemisphere can be organized by physical, political, economic or cultural features

RI.6. Analyze multiple accounts of the same event or topic, noting important similarities and differences in the point of view they represent.

RI.9. Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably

W.2. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly. a. Introduce a topic clearly

W6. With some guidance and support from adults, use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others

W7. Conduct short research projects that use several sources to build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.