Describe and locate examples of the major physical features of the United States (e.g., bodies of water, mountains, rivers, grasslands, oases, etc.) using references and technology (e.g., atlas, globe, geographic information system, etc.).
Document the effects of and explain how people adapted to geographic factors (e.g., climate, mountains, bodies of water, etc.) on the following:
- Transportation Routes
- Settlement patterns and Population Density
- Culture (e.g., jobs, food, clothing, shelter, religion, government, etc.)
- Interactions with others (local and national)
Compare and contrast the physical, economic and political changes to America caused by geographic conditions and human intervention (e.g., bridges, canals, state boundaries, transportation, etc.).
Plan and construct maps to demonstrate the effect of geographic conditions on historical processes, practices and events (e.g., colonization, industry, agriculture, major engagements in the Revolutionary War, Westward Expansion, etc.).
Analyze the impact of West Virginia’s geography on transportation, settlement, jobs, clothing, food, shelter, services and interaction with others outside the state.