In the Grade 7: Physical Patterns in a Changing World
unit, students are asked to explore the opportunities and challenges that are presented by the physical environment. Students also develop an understanding of patterns in the Earth’s physical features and the physical processes and human activities that create and change these features. This activity packet provides you with lessons, activities, readings and rubrics that can be used to address the following Grade 7 Geography overall expectations:
- Analyze some challenges and opportunities presented by the physical environment and ways in which people have responded to them.
- Use the geographic inquiry process to investigate the impact of natural events and human activities that change the physical environment, exploring the impact from a geographic perspective.
- Demonstrate an understanding of significant patterns in Earth’s physical features and of some natural processes and human activities that create and change those features.
This packet also addresses the following big ideas:
- People’s activities are related to the physical features and processes in their region.
- Natural events and human activities that change Earth’s physical features can have social, political, environmental, and economic consequences.
- Earth’s physical features can be created or changed by both natural processes and human activities.
What lessons are included in this packet?
This packet is thorough in the sense that it includes 31 in-depth lessons that help to cover the specific and overall expectations as well as the big ideas. Some lessons are designed to set the stage for students in terms of content knowledge and terminology, and other lessons are designed to have students further investigate the physical environment. The lessons included in this packet are:
Lesson 1.1: Physical Environment
Lesson 1.2: Introducing Landforms
Lesson 1.3: Researching Landforms
Lesson 1.4: Topographical Maps
Lesson 1.5: Creating Maps
Lesson 1.6: Earth’s Layers
Lesson 1.7: Landforms 1
Lesson 1.8: Landforms 2
Lesson 1.9: Changing Landforms
Lesson 1.10: Land Reclamation
Lesson 1.11: Water Sources
Lesson 1.12: Water Bodies and Systems
Lesson 1.13: Oceans
Lesson 1.14: Natural Processes and Water Bodies
Lesson 1.15: Humans and Water Bodies / Systems
Lesson 1.16: Climate Regions
Lesson 1.17: Climate Graphs
Lesson 1.18: Climate Regions
Lesson 1.19: Factors Affecting Climate Regions
Lesson 1.20: Humans and Climate
Lesson 1.21: Natural Vegetation Regions
Lesson 1.22: Researching Vegetation Regions
Lesson 1.23: Factors Affecting Vegetation Regions
Lesson 1.24: Regions around the World
Lesson 1.25: Comparing Regions around the World
Lesson 1.26: Humans and the Physical Environment
Lesson 1.27: Humans and the Physical Environment
Lesson 1.28: Considering Perspectives
Lesson 1.29: Aboriginal Perspectives
Lesson 1.30: Determining the Impact
Lesson 1.31: Sustainability
There are 55 activity worksheets, 16 readings, 5 self-reflection cards, and 12 rubrics. Several of the activities presented in this packet can be used as assignments, but it is up to your discretion to use them as such.
What assessments are included?
There are 12 rubrics to assess student understanding of the concepts addressed in this unit. Please note that there are a few answer keys provided in this packet, as many activities involve an open answer and it is up to you to determine whether students have appropriately demonstrated their knowledge. There is no final test as students had previously demonstrated their understanding of the unit concepts in a variety of other ways.
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