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Ch 44: Geography of Land Resources - ORELA Middle Grades Social Science

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In this chapter, you can watch short and engaging video lessons to prepare for the ORELA Middle Grades Social Science assessment. Get reacquainted with the geography of land resources, then test your knowledge with lesson quizzes.

Geography of Land Resources - ORELA Middle Grades Social Science - Chapter Summary

As you study for the ORELA Middle Grades Social Science assessment, you might find yourself revisiting concepts you haven't explored in months or years. This chapter reintroduces you to the geography of land resources so that you're ready for the following on the exam:

  • Describing vegetation regions, what makes them unique, their weather patterns and more
  • Identifying biomes found in the desert, savanna, coral reefs, tundra, coastlines and other areas
  • Summarizing the basics of land ownership in the United States
  • Explaining the causes and consequences of deforestation
  • Discussing the uses of rangelands and how private rangelands are protected
  • Sharing information on national parks, their governing agencies and areas of concern
  • Analyzing wilderness problems and preservation, as well as issues with managing federal public lands

The lessons in this chapter are comprehensive, yet short, averaging about 10 minutes apiece. They are designed to help you condense large quantities of materials to make your studying sessions efficient and effective.

Geography of Land Resources - ORELA Middle Grades Social Science - Chapter Objectives

The ORELA Middle Grades Social Science test, which has been replaced by the NES Middle Grades Social Science assessment in Oregon, is designed to ensure educators have the knowledge and skills needed to teach history, geography, government and economics in classrooms. Earning a passing score of 227 of higher can help you secure or enhance your teacher licensure in the state.

The computer-based test consists of 150 multiple-choice questions and is three hours in length. Improve your chances of success by reviewing the lessons in this chapter, which prepare you for the geography and culture content domain, constituting about 19% of the test. You can take self-assessment quizzes and a chapter exam to reinforce the lessons. If you have any questions about topics in this chapter, submit them to our experts.

11 Lessons in Chapter 44: Geography of Land Resources - ORELA Middle Grades Social Science
Vegetation Regions: Distinctions, Wildlife & Weather Patterns

1. Vegetation Regions: Distinctions, Wildlife & Weather Patterns

Have you ever noticed how different places have different types of plants and weather? In this lesson, you'll learn about the five major vegetation regions in the world and what makes each of them unique.

Biomes: Desert, Tropical Rainforest, Savanna, Coral Reefs & More

2. Biomes: Desert, Tropical Rainforest, Savanna, Coral Reefs & More

Take a trip around the world and learn all about different biomes. Why can you only find certain plants and animals in specific places? What are the most fertile climates on Earth? Watch on to answer these and other questions.

Biomes: Tundra, Taiga, Temperate Grassland, and Coastlines

3. Biomes: Tundra, Taiga, Temperate Grassland, and Coastlines

Take a trip with us in this lesson, starting in the Pacific Ocean, traveling across California through the Central Valley and up to the peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountains. We'll learn how oceans, elevation, and people can determine which types of biomes are found in different areas and check out the Earth's most massive and oldest organisms.

Land Ownership & Use in the US: Private vs. Federal

4. Land Ownership & Use in the US: Private vs. Federal

Land in the United States can be owned by the federal government or by private citizens. Learn more about federally-owned land and privately-owned land and how each type of land is used.

What Is Sustainable Forest Management? - Definition and Examples

5. What Is Sustainable Forest Management? - Definition and Examples

Sustainable forest management ensures that forest resources are preserved to meet the needs of future generations. Learn about sustainable forest management and see examples of how it is put into practice.

Deforestation: Definition, Causes & Consequences

6. Deforestation: Definition, Causes & Consequences

Deforestation is the clearing of trees without the intent of replacing them or reestablishing a stand of trees. Learn reasons for deforestation and discover the consequences of this process in all forests, including tropical forests.

Rangelands: Uses and Degradation

7. Rangelands: Uses and Degradation

Rangeland covers much of the land area of the world. The lack of rainfall in these areas makes it useful land for grazing livestock and provides environmental benefits. Learn about the uses of rangeland and the potential for rangeland degradation.

Protecting Private Rangelands: Conservation Easements

8. Protecting Private Rangelands: Conservation Easements

Rangelands have many uses, such as acting as grazing land for livestock and recreational land for communities. Private rangeland owners can voluntarily enter into a legally binding conservation easement to limit the development of their land and preserve it for future generations.

National Parks in the US: Governing Agencies and Areas of Concern

9. National Parks in the US: Governing Agencies and Areas of Concern

The U.S. national parks are governed by the National Park Service, which is an agency within the Department of the Interior. Learn about the national parks of America and the current issues they face.

What Is Wilderness? - Definition, Problems & Preservation

10. What Is Wilderness? - Definition, Problems & Preservation

The wilderness is the last untamed land found on earth. It remains undeveloped by man and serves as a refuge for wildlife. Learn about the wilderness, the law enacted to preserve it and the problems that wilderness areas face.

Managing Federal Public Lands: Wise-Use vs. Environmental Movements

11. Managing Federal Public Lands: Wise-Use vs. Environmental Movements

Federal public lands are owned and administrated by the nation's government. Learn about the Environmental and Wise Use Movements and how their views differ on the management of federal public lands.

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