Wayne RESA

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Wayne RESA – SS / Grade 3 / Social Studies / Social Studies 3 / Week 1 - Week 5
Unit Abstract

In this unit students use a geographic lens to explore the state of Michigan. The unit focuses around the five major themes of geography: movement, region, human/environment interaction, location and place (Mr. Help). Students begin by reviewing geographic concepts learned in second grade and then explore the concept of “state” using a map of the United States. In studying location, students use cardinal directions, identify various ways to describe the relative location of Michigan, and begin to explore how location can influence the development of a state. When studying place, students identify and describe significant human and physical characteristics of Michigan using a variety of maps. Through literature, maps, informational text and other resources students also explore the concept of human/environment interaction as they learn about Michigan’s natural resources and how people have used, modified, and adapted to them. In studying movement, an emphasis is placed on the Great Lakes. Using shipping as a launching point, students explore how and why people, goods, jobs and ideas move within, into and out of Michigan. Finally, students apply the concept of region to the study of Michigan as they explore different ways Michigan can be divided into regions as well as the different regions to which Michigan belongs. Through art or technology students demonstrate their understanding of Michigan’s geography.


Stage One - Desired Results

Compelling Question

How does the geography of Michigan affect the way people live?

Supporting Questions
  1. How can the five themes of geography be used to describe Michigan?
  2. How have people used, adapted to and modified the environment of Michigan?
Content (Key Concepts)


Great Lakes

human/environment interaction




natural resources




Skills (Intellectual Processes)



Stage Two - Assessment Evidence

Unit Assessment Tasks

Stage Three - Learning Plan

Lesson Plan Sequence
MI: Social Studies (2007)
2nd Grade
G2 Places and Regions
Understand how regions are created from common physical and human characteristics.
2 – G2.0.2 Describe how the local community is part of a larger region (e.g., county, metropolitan area, state).
3rd Grade
G1 The World in Spatial Terms
Use geographic representations to acquire, process, and report information from a spatial perspective.
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3 – G1.0.1 Use cardinal directions (north, south, east, west) to describe the relative location of significant places in the immediate environment.
3 – G1.0.2 Use thematic maps to identify and describe the physical and human characteristics of Michigan.
G2 Places and Regions
Understand how regions are created from common physical and human characteristics.
3 – G2.0.1 Use a variety of visual materials and data sources to describe ways in which Michigan can be divided into regions.
3 – G2.0.2 Describe different regions to which Michigan belongs (e.g., Great Lakes Region, Midwest).
G4 Human Systems
Understand how human activities help shape the Earth’s surface.
3 – G4.0.3 Describe some of the current movements of goods, people, jobs or information to, from, or within Michigan and explain reasons for the movements. (E)
G5 Environment and Society
Understand the effects of human-environment interactions.
3 – G5.0.1 Locate natural resources in Michigan and explain the consequences of their use.
3 – G5.0.2 Describe how people adapt to, use, and modify the natural resources of Michigan. (H)
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