Utah Core Standards Social Studies — Grade 7


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UT.SS.7.1

Students will understand the interaction between Utah's geography and its inhabitants.

UT.SS.7.1.1.a

Read and interpret a variety of maps.

UT.SS.7.1.1.b

Identify the physical features and regions of Utah.

UT.SS.7.1.1.c

Compare and contrast the relationship between physical features and regions to settlement, land use, and the economy.

UT.SS.7.1.2.a

Describe how latitude, elevation, and distance from the ocean influence Utahs climate

UT.SS.7.1.2.b

Explain how mountains, valleys, and bodies of water affect climate.

UT.SS.7.1.2.c

Assess how climate influences life in Utah.

UT.SS.7.1.2.d

Explain how natural forces shape the living environment and landscape.

UT.SS.7.1.2.e

Investigate how natural forces shape the local environments. Predict how natural forces affect environments; e.g., earthquakes, volcanic action, mudslides, flooding, erosion.

UT.SS.7.1.3.a

Recognize the impact of water, minerals, wildlife, and forests on people.

UT.SS.7.1.3.b

Distinguish between renewable and non-renewable resources.

UT.SS.7.1.3.c

Analyze how natural resources improve the quality of life.

UT.SS.7.1.3.d

Assess the importance of protecting and preserving natural resources.

UT.SS.7.1.4.a

Identify Utahs counties and cities.

UT.SS.7.1.4.b

Assess how people change the landscape.

UT.SS.7.1.4.c

Examine how altered landscapes affect people.

UT.SS.7.2

Students will understand the contributions of Native American Indians, explorers, and Utah's pioneers.

UT.SS.7.2.1.a

Identify prehistoric and historic Native American Indian groups.

UT.SS.7.2.1.b

Examine the interrelationship between each culture and its environment.

UT.SS.7.2.1.c

Investigate spiritual, artistic, architectural, and oral traditions of Utah's Native American Indians; e.g., languages, storytelling, pottery, basketry, weaving, beadwork, and dwellings.

UT.SS.7.2.1.d

Identify how Native American Indian heritage influences Utah today.

UT.SS.7.2.2.a

Explain the reasons for the Mormon migration to Utah.

UT.SS.7.2.2.b

Explore the pattern of Mormon settlement throughout the West.

UT.SS.7.2.3.c

Recognize how the Mormon pioneers' heritage influences Utah today.

UT.SS.7.2.3.d

Investigate the contributions of Utah's 'new pioneers', i.e., ethnic/multicultural/religious/scientific/technological groups.

UT.SS.7.3

Students will understand the relationship between government and the people of Utah.

UT.SS.7.3.1.a

Compare and contrast territorial and state government organization.

UT.SS.7.3.1.b

Explain the benefits of statehood over territorial government.

UT.SS.7.3.1.c

Examine the unique relationship between the sovereign Native American Indian nations, the United States government and the Utah State government.

UT.SS.7.3.1.d

Investigate how government services affect the residents of the state.

UT.SS.7.3.2.a

Explain the role of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches in state government.

UT.SS.7.3.2.b

Assess the similarities and differences among the levels of local government.

UT.SS.7.3.2.c

Identify local officials and their responsibilities.

UT.SS.7.3.2.d

Research services that are provided by each level of government; i.e., city, county, township.

UT.SS.7.3.3.a

Compare and contrast the United States and Utah Constitutions.

UT.SS.7.3.3.b

Explain the rights and responsibilities of good citizens.

UT.SS.7.3.3.c

Investigate how individuals can be involved in the political process.

UT.SS.7.4

Students will understand the diverse ways people make a living in Utah.

UT.SS.7.4.1.a

Identify the multiple components of Utahs economy; e.g., government, agriculture, mining, tourism, high tech industry.

UT.SS.7.4.1.b

Investigate Utah's global trade interdependence.

UT.SS.7.4.1.c

Research important segments of the local economy.

UT.SS.7.4.1.d

Assess factors that attract people and businesses to locate in Utah.

UT.SS.7.4.2.a

Identify the importance of farming and ranching to Utahs economy.

UT.SS.7.4.2.b

Explain the impact of the Great Depression on farmers and agriculture.

UT.SS.7.4.2.c

Investigate how agriculture has diversified and improved over time.

UT.SS.7.4.2.d

Examine the cultural legacy of agriculture in Utah.

UT.SS.7.4.3.a

Investigate the role of mining in Utah.

UT.SS.7.4.3.b

Examine the railroad's impact on Utah.

UT.SS.7.4.3.c

Explain the impact of military installations.

UT.SS.7.4.3.d

Assess the development of heavy and high tech industries.

UT.SS.7.4.4.a

Examine the role of recreation and tourism in Utah.

UT.SS.7.4.4.b

Outline the role of labor unions.

UT.SS.7.4.4.c

Explain the effects of private, state, and federal land ownership on land use; i.e., parks, forests, trust lands, etc.

UT.SS.7.5

Students will understand the diverse nature of Utah's peoples and cultures.

UT.SS.7.5.1.a

Recognize the unique lifestyles of various cultural or ethnic groups in the local community.

UT.SS.7.5.1.b

Explain the role of immigration in changing Utah society.

UT.SS.7.5.1.c

Research the ways people maintain and preserve cultural identity; e.g., language, custom, holidays, tradition.

UT.SS.7.5.1.d

Explain the issues immigrants encounter in adapting to life in Utah.

UT.SS.7.5.2.a

Identify Utahs religious and ethnic groups.

UT.SS.7.5.2.b

Explain the reasons Utah's religious and ethnic groups settled in Utah.

UT.SS.7.5.2.c

Explain the benefits each ethnic and religious group adds to Utah's society.

UT.SS.7.5.2.d

Investigate how Utah's religious and ethnic groups adapt and interact.

UT.SS.7.5.3.a

Examine Utah arts opportunities in the areas of dance, music, theater, and visual arts.

UT.SS.7.5.3.b

Investigate recreational opportunities in Utah.

UT.SS.7.6

Students will understand the impact of major contemporary events that concern the land and people of Utah.

UT.SS.7.6.1.a

Examine different points of view on important events; e.g., land, politics.

UT.SS.7.6.1.b

Identify the impact each point of view may have on the state.

UT.SS.7.6.1.c

Investigate the avenues available for individual or community involvement.