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South Dakota's Seventh Grade Standards

  • SD.7.G. Goal / Strand: Geography

    Students will understand the interrelationships of people, places, and the environment.

    • 7.G.1. Indicator / Benchmark:

      Analyze information from geographic representation, tools, and technology to define location, place, and region.

      • 7.G.1.1. Standard: (Application) Students are able to select appropriate resources, data services, and geographic tools to interpret information (Examples

        atlases, globes, almanacs, thematic maps, satellite images, topographic maps, GPS, GIS; five themes of geography; latitude, longitude, time zones).

      • 7.G.1.2. Standard: (Application) Students are able to apply location, direction, size, and/or shape to maps (Examples

        South Dakota's location relative to neighboring states).

      • 7.G.1.3. Standard: (Application) Students are able to identify characteristics of various locations, places, and regions (Examples

        physical features, population).

      • 7.G.1.4. Standard:

        (Application) Students are able to identify population distribution, growth rates, and characteristics of human populations.

    • 7.G.2. Indicator / Benchmark:

      Analyze the relationships among the natural environment, the movement of peoples, and the development of societies.

      • 7.G.2.1. Standard: (Application) Students are able to identify natural environmental changes that impact regions and settlement patterns (Examples

        tsunamis, El Nino, volcanic eruptions).

      • 7.G.2.2. Standard: (Analysis) Students are able to identify how humans impact and are affected by the natural environment (Examples

        deforestation, dam building, roads, clothing, housing, diet).

      • 7.G.2.3. Standard: (Analysis) Students are able to describe the impact of the natural environment on settlement patterns (Examples

        deserts, mountains, rivers, coastlines, prairies).

      • 7.G.2.4. Standard: (Synthesis) Students are able to identify how human migration impacts politics, the environment, and regions (Examples

        changing South Dakota demographics, pollution, government services, employment, societal norms).

  • SD.7.C. Goal / Strand: Civics (Government)

    Students will understand the historical development and contemporary role of governmental power and authority.

    • 7.C.1. Indicator / Benchmark:

      Analyze forms and purposes of government in relationship to the needs of citizens and societies including the impact of historical events, ideals, and documents.

      • 7.C.1.1. Standard: (Analysis) Students are able to describe how government impacts the characteristics of place (Examples

        laws and norms, political boundaries).

      • 7.C.1.2. Standard: (Comprehension) Students are able to identify historical events that impacted individual governments (Examples

        Quebec's attempt at secession, fall of Berlin Wall, Puerto Rico becoming a commonwealth).

    • 7.C.2. Indicator / Benchmark:

      Analyze the constitutional rights and responsibilities of United States citizens.

      • 7.C.2.1. Standard: (Synthesis) Students are able to describe how citizens impact social and political issues (Examples

        patriotism, volunteerism, nationalism).

  • SD.7.E. Goal / Strand: Economics

    Students will understand the impact of economics on the development of societies and on current and emerging national and international situations.

    • 7.E.1. Indicator / Benchmark:

      Analyze the role and relationships of economic systems on the development, utilization, and availability of resources in societies.

      • 7.E.1.1. Standard:

        (Analysis) Students are able to explain how the availability of resources provides for or challenges human activities.

      • 7.E.1.2. Standard: (Application) Students are able to describe how economic activity affects standard of living (Examples

        education vs. income, gross vs. net income, production price vs. sale price, opportunity costs, role of entrepreneurship).

      • 7.E.1.3. Standard: (Application) Students are able to describe the role of trade barriers and agreements in the global economy (Examples

        quotas, tariffs, European Union, NAFTA).

      • 7.E.1.4. Standard: (Analysis) Students are able to describe how technology affects the economic development of places and regions (Examples

        developed vs. developing countries, impact of industrialization and urbanization).

      • 7.E.1.5. Standard: (Application) Students are able to describe the relationship between government and economic systems in different countries (Examples

        free market, democracy, and U.S.; communism and Cuba; socialism and Sweden; exchange rates and their impact on trade).