Ch 39: NYSTCE Social Studies: Physical Features & Systems

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This chapter is filled with fun and engaging video lessons you can use to boost your comprehension of physical features and systems. Short quizzes can test your understanding of the lessons as you study for the NYSTCE Social Studies assessment.

NYSTCE Social Studies: Physical Features & Systems - Chapter Summary

Subject matter experts in this chapter simplify the process of preparing for the NYSTCE assessment by helping refresh your knowledge of physical features and systems. Reviewing comprehensive lessons make it easy for you to:

  • Define and identify types of spatial processes, and describe major landforms in the U.S.
  • Explain how to map the physical and human characteristics of the U.S.
  • Discuss the environment, levels of ecology, ecosystems, habitats and ecological niches
  • Describe physical and cultural boundaries, as well as plate tectonics
  • Identify types of volcanic landforms, and explain the effect of erosion and deposition on landforms
  • Share the meaning and process of glacier movement
  • Provide the definition of natural resources, and explain how topography is reshaped

The materials you need to study for the exam have already been compiled, condensed and turned into engaging lessons you can use to simplify your preparations. You can take your time, reviewing the lessons in their video or transcript formats and in any sequence that works best. Timelines are available that allow you to skip to key topics in the video lessons without watching them in full. If you need more information about lesson topics, submit your questions to our experts.

12 Lessons in Chapter 39: NYSTCE Social Studies: Physical Features & Systems
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Spatial Processes: Definition & Types

1. Spatial Processes: Definition & Types

How did you end up moving to where you live right now? This lesson looks at the processes of geography that helps to explain why certain physical and cultural movement occurs, such as migration and settlement patterns.

Major Landforms in the United States

2. Major Landforms in the United States

After watching this video, you will be able to explain what a landform is and describe some of the most important landforms in the United States. A short quiz will follow.

Mapping the Physical and Human Characteristics of the United States

3. Mapping the Physical and Human Characteristics of the United States

After watching this video, you will be able to describe the physical and human characteristics of the United States, including cities, mountains, rivers, and valleys, among others. A short quiz will follow.

The Environment, Levels of Ecology and Ecosystems

4. The Environment, Levels of Ecology and Ecosystems

Do you know the difference between an environment and an ecosystem? In this lesson, you'll find out what makes an environment, and what makes an ecosystem. You'll also learn what ecology is and some of the ways that scientists study ecology using organisms, populations, communities, ecosystems and even the entire biosphere.

Ecosystems, Habitats and Ecological Niches

5. Ecosystems, Habitats and Ecological Niches

Check out this video lesson to understand the many complex aspects of an ecosystem. See how animals live in habitats and survive amongst their surroundings.

Types of Boundaries: Physical & Cultural

6. Types of Boundaries: Physical & Cultural

This lesson will seek to explain physical, political, and cultural boundaries. In doing so, it will identify differences in socio-economics, language, and religion as foundations for boundaries.

Plate Tectonics: A Unified Theory for Change of the Earth's Surface

7. Plate Tectonics: A Unified Theory for Change of the Earth's Surface

After many years of trying to solve the mystery of the moving continents, enough data and evidence was collected to develop a unifying theory of how the surface of the earth changes. It's called plate tectonics.

Volcanic Landforms: Types & Formation

8. Volcanic Landforms: Types & Formation

Volcanic eruptions pull materials up from deep within the earth to form various volcanic landforms, such as lava domes, lava plateaus, fissure eruptions, craters and calderas. Learn about these volcanic landforms and how they are created.

Glacier Movement: Definition & Process

9. Glacier Movement: Definition & Process

Glaciers are mountains of ice that move. This movement is usually a combination of processes that include internal plastic deformation and basal sliding. Learn about these processes and factors that increase glacial flow rates.

Effect of Erosion and Deposition on Landforms

10. Effect of Erosion and Deposition on Landforms

Landforms are constantly being broken down and reformed by the processes of weathering, erosion, and deposition. In this lesson, we explore chemical and physical weathering and how the face of the earth gets changed.

What Are Natural Resources? - Definition & Types

11. What Are Natural Resources? - Definition & Types

Natural resources are materials provided by the Earth that humans can use to make more complex (human-made) products. In this lesson, you will learn some examples of natural resources and how to classify them.

What Is Topography and How Is Topography Reshaped?

12. What Is Topography and How Is Topography Reshaped?

The topography, or surface of the Earth, is constantly changing shape due to many powerful forces. In this lesson, we will learn about some of the amazing changes that occur on Earth due to the processes of weathering, erosion, and deposition.

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