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Ch 33: OAE Middle Grades Social Studies: Human Impact on the Environment

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Learn more about the effects of human consumption on the environment. Use our video lessons and quizzes as study tools for these types of questions on the Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) Middle Grades Social Studies exam.

OAE Middle Grades Social Studies: Human Impact on the Environment - Chapter Summary

Demonstrating knowledge of the drastic impact of human population growth and behaviors on the earth's forests, atmosphere and ecosystems is required when taking the OAE Middle Grades Social Studies exam. This chapter's lessons employ simple instruction and examples to present the following type of material you will need to know to help you pass the exam:

  • Summarizing the pattern of human population growth throughout history
  • Defining the types and use of population pyramids
  • Comparing rural and urban populations
  • Explaining factors affecting population distribution
  • Detailing the study of ecology
  • Exploring the consequences of human actions on the earth's resources
  • Taking a look at population size
  • Expressing the decline in natural environments and the effects on biological diversity
  • Addressing global warming and the atmospheric changes related to the release of gases into the air
  • Naming the consequences of the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions
  • Pointing out geographic patterns, including the effects of colonization, expansion and immigration on the environment
  • Reviewing types and causes of habitat destruction

The lessons provide simple but informative overviews of these in order to afford you a quick review as you prepare for the OAE Middle Grades Social Studies exam. Self-assessment quizzes at the end of each lesson are particularly helpful as they employ the same multiple-choice format you will find on the actual test.

13 Lessons in Chapter 33: OAE Middle Grades Social Studies: Human Impact on the Environment
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
The History of Human Population Growth and Carrying Capacity

1. The History of Human Population Growth and Carrying Capacity

Most of us are used to the current size of the human population but it was not always this large. In this lesson, we will explore the history of human population growth and the future of its growth.

The Population Pyramid

2. The Population Pyramid

In this lesson, we look at what a population pyramid is, how to read it, some interesting features about them, and what are some prototypical examples of them.

Population Distribution: Rural vs. Urban Areas

3. Population Distribution: Rural vs. Urban Areas

The distribution of people varies depending in the type of location. In this lesson, we will explore how people are distributed between rural and urban areas and how these populations have changed over time.

Population Distribution Factors: Job Availability, Quality of Life & Ethnicity

4. Population Distribution Factors: Job Availability, Quality of Life & Ethnicity

This lesson will discuss population distribution and the factors that affect it. It will specifically highlight quality of life, job availability, and ethnicity, while also defining the terms 'sparse' and 'dense.'

The Environment, Levels of Ecology and Ecosystems

5. 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.

Human Impacts on the Environment

6. Human Impacts on the Environment

The human population continues to grow, but the size of Earth and the resources available for our use are limited. Humans greatly impact the world around them, and our actions can and often do have dramatic and long-lasting consequences.

Deforestation, Desertification & Declining Biological Diversity

7. Deforestation, Desertification & Declining Biological Diversity

When trees are lost due to deforestation, the result can be a drier climate and desertification or the transformation of the once fertile land to desert. Learn how deforestation and desertification can lead to a decline in biological diversity.

Population Size: Impacts on Resource Consumption

8. Population Size: Impacts on Resource Consumption

What are the things you need to survive? Humans all need resources, and in this lesson, we will discuss how the growth of the human population is influencing the natural resources we rely on.

Global Warming: Atmospheric Causes and Effect on Climate

9. Global Warming: Atmospheric Causes and Effect on Climate

Global warming is a multifaceted, complex issue. It involves both natural and human causes that can increase the amount of greenhouse gases. This lesson looks at some of the facts about global warming and how they could contribute to climate change.

The Agricultural Revolution: Impacts on the Environment

10. The Agricultural Revolution: Impacts on the Environment

The Agricultural Revolution was a time of agricultural development that saw many inventions and advancements in farming techniques. Learn about the Agricultural Revolution and how this period impacted society and the environment.

The Industrial Revolution: Impacts on the Environment

11. The Industrial Revolution: Impacts on the Environment

The Industrial Revolution was marked by the introduction of power-driven machinery and ushered in a time of strong economic development. Learn how advancements made during the Industrial Revolution impacted the environment.

Factors Influencing Geographic Patterns in the United States

12. Factors Influencing Geographic Patterns in the United States

After watching this video, you will be able to explain how colonization, westward expansion, immigration, transport, and communication have influenced geographic patterns in the U.S. historically. A short quiz will follow.

What is Habitat Destruction? - Effects, Definition & Causes

13. What is Habitat Destruction? - Effects, Definition & Causes

There are many types of habitat destruction that can change entire ecosystems. Habitat destruction can even wipe out an entire species instantly. This lesson covers what habitat destruction is, its effects, and what causes it to happen.

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