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ENDURING UNDERSTANDINGS

  1. Humans organize the face of the earth into regions based on attributes of interest to help better understand their environment. Regions can range in size and shape depending on the attribute being considered.
  2. Native Americans depended on the natural resources available in their surrounding for survival. Native American tribes that lived in similar physical regions often shared similarities in their culture and customs.
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For both 4th and 5th grade, the social studies curriculum begins the year with a study of Native American tribes of our nation and state. A central focus of this standard is understanding how the natural environment has influenced the development of culture in different tribes.
  1. Students can identify the major physical regions of the state (4 th ) or country (5 th ) on a map using the longitude and latitude guides.
  2. Students can describe the defining attributes of their chosen region.
  3. Students can identify the major Native American tribes that lived or live in their chosen region.
  4. Students can identify at least 6 natural resources that the Native American tribes in their region depended on and explain how they used them for their food, shelter, or tools.
  5. Students can compare Native American tribes from different physical regions and infer how differences in their culture of customs may or may not be related to the difference in environment.

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