The distribution of human populations and use of resources over time has been largely influenced by the Earth’s geography and climate. At the same time, the decisions humans make about where to live and how they use the Earth’s resources has and will continue to have significant impact on the Earth’s climate and geography. In this unit, students will analyze and create topographic maps of human cities as they consider how geographical features such as oceans, lakes, and mountains have influenced where humans have chosen to live. Students will also make predictions about how changes in the Earth’s surface features that may take place—whether due to climate change or other factors—can influence the migration of human populations in the future.
- What is climate and what are the factors that shape climate across the world?
- How has the geography and climate of our Earth influenced where humans live?
- What is causing climate change, and how might it influence where humans live in the future?