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We are in the process of moving all of our lesson plans to the New Utah Matrix. Once this move is complete, the classic view will be discontinued.




Standards Information

Grade 7

 Social Studies

   Standard 1
      Objective 1
         Indicator a
         Indicator b
         Indicator c
      Objective 2
         Indicator a
         Indicator b
         Indicator c
         Indicator d
         Indicator e
         Indicator f
      Objective 3
         Indicator a
         Indicator b
         Indicator c
         Indicator d
      Objective 4
         Indicator a
         Indicator b
         Indicator c

Standard 1
Students will understand the interaction between Utah’s geography and its inhabitants.

Objective 1
Investigate the relationship between physical geography and Utah’s settlement, land use, and economy.

Indicator a
Read and interpret a variety of maps.

Indicator b
Identify the physical features and regions of Utah.

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

Objective 2
Examine the interrelationship between Utah’s climate, location, landforms, and life.

Indicator a
Describe how latitude, elevation, and distance from the ocean influence Utah’s climate.

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

Indicator c
Assess how climate influences life in Utah.

Indicator d
Explain how natural forces shape the living environment and landscape.

Indicator e
Investigate how natural forces shape the local environments.

Indicator f
Predict how natural forces affect environments; e.g., earthquakes, volcanic action, mudslides, flooding, erosion.

Objective 3
Assess how natural resources sustain and enhance people’s lives.

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

Indicator b
Distinguish between renewable and non-renewable resources.

Indicator c
Analyze how natural resources improve the quality of life.

Indicator d
Assess the importance of protecting and preserving natural resources.

Objective 4
Examine how people affect the geography of Utah.

Indicator a
Identify Utah’s counties and cities.

Indicator b
Assess how people change the landscape.

Indicator c
Examine how altered landscapes affect people.

   Standard 4
      Objective 2
         Indicator a
         Indicator b
         Indicator c
         Indicator d
      Objective 4
         Indicator c

Standard 4
Students will understand the diverse ways people make a living in Utah.

Objective 2
Investigate the past and present role of agriculture in Utah.

Indicator a
Identify the importance of farming and ranching to Utah’s economy.

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

Indicator c
Investigate how agriculture has diversified and improved over time.

Indicator d
Examine the cultural legacy of agriculture in Utah.

Objective 4
Investigate the current status of Utah’s economy.

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

Additional Resources

Google Earth on the Range

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To help students understand the uses of public land and the benefit of careful rangeland management using historical photographs and GoogleEarth technology to explore Utah's geography and more.