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Geography of North America - Chapter Summary
Use the video lessons in this chapter to clarify and reinforce the North American geography lessons your middle school students have been learning. The lessons offer your students insight into physical environments and their impact on human activities in North America. The lessons allow students to use maps and data to explore Europe's influence on North America, describe patterns of resources and explain the standard of living and level of development in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The short, multiple-choice lesson quizzes can help gauge your students' comprehension of the geography of North America. The chapter exam lets you know how well your students have retained the information they've learned.
Chapter Lessons and Objectives
|The Environment's Effect on Human Activities in North America||Students can learn how human activities in North America are affected by characteristics of different physical environments.|
|Mapping Europe's Influence on Geographic North America||This lesson helps students understand Europe's influence on North America by using or constructing maps.|
|Mapping the Physical & Human Characteristics in North America's Regions||Instructors show students how to use physical and human characteristics to define North American regions by identifying patterns on thematic maps.|
|Locations of Major Features in North America||Students can use maps to find the location of the three largest countries of North America, the 50 states of the United States, the Great Lakes and more.|
|Mapping Patterns of Resources in North America||This lesson teaches students how to describe patterns of renewable, nonrenewable and flow resources in North America through distribution maps.|
|Conflict & Cooperation Among Regions in North America||Students analyze the reasons trade, environmental issues and immigration influence conflict and cooperation among regions in North America.|
|Analyzing Demographics in the U.S., Canada & Mexico||Instructors help students determine the level of development and standard of living in the U.S., Canada and Mexico by analyzing political, economic, social and demographic data.|
1. The Environment's Effect on Human Activities in North America
This lesson discusses the role the environment plays on the people of North America and their activities. It specifically highlights tourism, housing, farming, and natural resources.
2. Mapping Europe's Influence on Geographic North America
This lesson discusses Europe's influence on North America. It specifically highlights this influence in the areas of language, family structure, religion, and architecture.
3. Mapping the Physical & Human Characteristics in North America's Regions
This lesson lists and describes the regions of North America. It focuses on terrain, climate, location, natural resources and people of the five main regions. It also defines the Cordilleras, wetlands and biomes.
4. Locations of Major Features in North America
This lesson explores the major physical features of North America. It highlights places like Denali, Death Valley, the Great Lakes, and the Sierra Madres of Mexico.
5. Mapping Patterns of Resources in North America
This lesson explains the natural resource patterns in North America. It discusses soil in places like the tropical zones as well as forestry, coal, oil, and natural gas.
6. Conflict & Cooperation Among Regions in North America
This lesson discusses the relationship between North American countries. It highlights the conflicts of the Cold War, the North American Free Trade Agreement, and the Copenhagen Accord.
7. Analyzing Demographics in the U.S., Canada & Mexico
This lesson discusses the population distribution of North America and its cities. It defines the terms urban and demographics, while also discussing the languages of North America.
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Other chapters within the Geography: Middle School course
- Introduction to Geography
- Tools Used in Geography
- Earth's Spheres and Internal Structure
- Plate Tectonics
- Minerals and Rocks
- Weathering and Erosion
- Rock Deformation and Mountain Building
- Ground Water
- Running Bodies of Water
- The Earth-Sun Relationship
- Solar Radiation & Energy
- Global Temperature Patterns & The Atmosphere
- Atmospheric Pressure and Wind
- Atmospheric, Weather & Wind Patterns
- Atmospheric Moisture, Precipitation & Clouds
- Weather Events
- Geomorphology of Arid Regions
- Oceans & Coasts
- Geologic Time
- The Origin and Dispersal of Humans and Culture
- The Impact of Geography on Language & Culture
- The Environment & Human Populations
- The Domestication of Plants & Animals
- The Global Distribution & Characteristics of Soil
- Geography of Land Resources
- Human Movement & Spatial Processes
- Types of Human Settlements
- Ethnicity & Geography
- Modern Economic Systems
- The Economy & Geography
- Political Geography
- Impact of Humans on the Environment
- Renewable Resources
- Nonrenewable Resources
- Environmental Sustainability
- Food and Agriculture
- Solid and Hazardous Waste
- Environmental Risk Analysis
- Ethical and Political Processes of the Environment
- Understanding Geography Using Maps
- The Impact of Religion on Geography
- Early Human Civilizations
- World Conflicts & Geography
- Geography of the U.S.
- Geography of Canada
- Geography of the Caribbean & Central & South America
- Geography of Europe
- Geography of Africa & the Middle East
- Geography of South Asia
- Geography of China, Japan & the Koreas
- Geography of Russia & Central Asia
- Geography of Australia & the Pacific Islands