Unit 2 Overview – Place Social Studies During Unit 2, student will explore the second theme of geography – Place. Place describes the physical and human characteristics of a location. Physical characteristics include a description of landforms, such as the mountains, rivers, beaches, canyons, etc. Physical characteristics of a place also include climate, animal and plant life. Human characteristics pertain to the human-designed cultural features of a place, such as landmarks, unique architecture, language, clothing, occupations, food, transportation and communication networks. Students will begin the unit by exploring the meaning of the theme – Place. Students will then delve into the physical characteristics that make places around the world unique. Students will study various types of landforms and how these features formed on Earth’s surface. Students will analyze how landforms and other geographical features shape the traditions and habits of people living in that particular place. During this unit, students will utilize the following key vocabulary terms: Physical characteristics Human characteristics Landmarks Landforms Geologist Island Canyon River Isthmus Valley Peninsula Hill Lake Ocean Plateau Volcano Bay Lake Delta The unit will conclude on Thursday, December 17th. Students will demonstrate their understanding of the theme – Place – by completing the “Landforms Assessment.” This authentic assessment is described in detail in the “Landforms Assessment” document, which will be posted on the Grade 6 Social Studies blog and the Google Classroom later this week. All presentations and resources utilized during this unit can also be found on the blog and google classroom. For additional information regarding the 5 Theme of Geography, especially the theme of Place, please feel free to visit the following websites: Quizlet: A very useful site for students to access flash cards, quizzes and games using the vocabulary listed above. https://quizlet.com/_1rpoj4 Study.com: https://study.com/academy/lesson/what-are-the-five-themes-of-geography.html Thank you for your time and support!