The Physical Setting: California and Beyond


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Students demonstrate an understanding of the physical and human geographic features that define places and regions in California by: Explaining and using the coordinate grid system of latitude and longitude to determine absolute locations of places in California and on Earth; distinguishing between the two poles; the equator and the prime meridian; the tropics; and the hemispheres using coordinates to plot locations; Identifying the state capital and describing the basic regions of California, including how their characteristics and physical environment affect human activity (e.g., water, landforms, vegetation, climate); Identifying the location of and explaining the reasons for the growth of towns in relation to the Pacific Ocean, rivers, valleys, and mountain passes; Using maps, charts and pictures to describe how communities in California vary in land use, vegetation, wildlife, climate, population density, architecture, services, and transportation. Less

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    Grade: 4

    Topics: Geography, Civics

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