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Students will use a globe to identify ways to divide the Earth, such as by using the four hemispheres, the equator, the prime meridian, and the North and South Poles. Students will define relative and absolute location as they locate North Carolina on a map. They will define physical features and identify those that are characteristic of North Carolina. Students will also learn that inhabitants of North Carolina have changed the way the land looks by building homes, dams and farms., , , , , , ,
Students will study the physical features of North Carolina, such as the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Atlantic Coastal Plains. Students will identify the Mountain Region, the Piedmont Region and the Atlantic Coastal Plain as the three regions of North Carolina. Students will identify the defining characteristics of each., , , , ,
Students will learn about North Carolina’s coastline as the graveyard of the Atlantic due to all of the underwater shipwrecks. They will also learn about North Carolina’s rivers as the main way for transportation for early settlers. Students will use a map to identify eight of North Carolina’s major rivers., , , ,
Students will define natural, human and capital resources. They will identify North Carolina’s major natural resources, such as seafood. They will also learn about the relationship between natural and human resources. Students will define ways to use resources efficiently., , , , , , , ,
Students will study the first people in North Carolina. They will learn what the land was like here and how the early people survived. Students will learn about the important tools used by ancient Carolinians, such as baskets, atlatls, and bow and arrows. Students will also learn about the Three Sisters as corn, bean and squash, the three most important crops for the ancient people., , , , ,
Students will study the Algonquian tribes of the coastal plains. They will identify things that were characteristic of the tribes of this region, such as moccasins, wigwams, types of pottery and canoes. Students will also study marriage traditions of the Algonquians, how family history was traced in these tribes and the religious beliefs they practiced., , , , , , ,
Students will learn about differences and similarities among four tribes of the Algonquian nation. Students will learn the unique traditions and characteristics of the Catawba, Tuscarora, Chowanoc and Waxhaw tribes. They will also learn how each of these tribes interacted with the early European settlers., , , , ,
Students will learn about the Cherokee of North Carolina. They will read a traditional Cherokee story and will study Cherokee life. Students will learn about their hunting and farming practices, the types of canoes they made, and the things they did for fun. They will also learn about hogans and the techniques they used to build their homes., , , , ,
Students will learn about some of the rights provided by the Constitution, such as the right to privacy, freedom of speech and the notion of innocent until proven guilty. Students will learn about state government and North Carolina’s constitution. They will study the three branches of government and will learn the roles and responsibilities of each. Students will learn the value of checks and balances., , , , , , , , , , ,
Students will define govern as they learn about following the laws of the government. Students will also study government functions, such as protecting the wilderness, building safe roads and paying for education. They will learn that government jobs are those such as police officers, fire fighters and park rangers., , ,
Students will learn about interactions between American Indians and early European explorers. Students will also study the confict between the British and Spanish during the time of early exploration of America. Students will learn about explorers such as De Soto, Raleigh and Vasquez., , , , ,
Using the perspective of a detective story, students will study the lost colony of Roanoke. They will learn about important explorers involved in the expedition, such as Philip Amadas and Richard Barlowe., ,
Students will use an analogy with film production to study the early settlers of the Carolina Charter of 1663. They will learn about the motivations and ative countries of the settlers who came to America. Students will study trade between the colonists and American Indians and will learn about the first cities of Edenton and Bath., , , , , , , , , , , ,
Students will study the hardships associated with colonial life. They will study the jobs that helped ease the hardships, such as the barrowman, the tinker and the rabbit woman. Students will also learn the role of slavery in colonial America., , , , , ,
Students will learn more about the difficulties of colonial life due to wars with American Indians and piracy. They will study conficts between the colonists and American Indians. They will also learn how Colonel John Barnwell achieved a period of peace. Students will learn about the motivations of pirates and the difficulty in punishing pirates from their crimes., , ,
Students will learn that immigrants were drawn to America from all over Europe. Students will also learn that a group called the Regulators formed to fight unfair government control. Students will study the Battle of Almanac as the final conflict between the Regulators and the militia., , , , , , , , ,
Students will study North Carolina’s leading role in the beginning of the Revolutionary War. They will learn about the historic town of Halifax, North Carolina and the Halifax Reserves as an initial step toward independence from England. Students will also learn about the role of the North Carolina militia in winning the first American victory at Moore’s Creek Bridge., , , ,
Students will study the history of transportation. They will learn about North Carolina’s first steamboats and trains. They will also learn about the invention of the airplane by the Wright brothers and the invention of the automobile by Henry Ford. Students will learn about the role of semi-trucks as today’s main carrier of goods. They will also consider transportation of the future and the possibilities of space travel., , , , ,
Students will learn about main means of communication in North Carolina today, such as newspapers, TV stations and Internet websites. Students will study the technology used in e-mail and telephone communication. Students will also learn about some of the important inventors in the history of communication. They will learn about Samuel Morse, Christopher Sholes, Alexander Graham Bell and Guglielmo Marconi., , , , , , ,
Students will study North Carolina’s main industries, such as agriculture, textile and chemical industries. They will consider North Carolina’s role in providing goods for the rest of the country through industries like seafood and furniture industries., , , , , , , , ,
Students will learn about the different kinds of resources in their lives, (i.e., natural, human, and capital). They will discuss the roles of consumers and producers and the ways they depend on each other., ,
Students will learn about the elements of supply and demand. Students will discover why scarcity impacts the price of a product, and why two items that seem very much alike, can have very different costs., ,
Students will learn about the costs and benefits involved in the c oices people make about using their money. They will discuss spending, saving, and charitable donations., ,
Students will learn about specialization and how it improves production. They will discuss interdependence among states and countries., ,
Students will learn about the various religious beliefs of North Carolina’s citizens. Students will learn how groups such as the Moravians, the Society of Friends, Jews and followers of the African Methodist Episcopal Church came to live in North Carolina. They will learn about the beliefs and values of these various groups. Students will also learn about the Five Faiths Project at the Ackland Art Museum. They will learn that this project is designed to display religious artwork as a way to help people understand more about the five major world religions. They will learn that these religions are considered to be Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism., , , , , ,
Students will learn about North Carolina’s museums and concert halls. They will learn about artists from North Carolina and the types of artwork they create. Students will also learn about the types of music that are popular in North Carolina, such as blues, old-time string-band music and gospel music., , ,
Students will learn about various festivals celebrated in North Carolina that commemorate the array of cultures here. Students will define diversity and study the diversity of North Carolina by learning about African American, American Indian, Hispanic and Asian cultures. They will learn the histories of how these cultures came to live in North Carolina., , , , , , ,
Students will learn about folk, African American, Cherokee and Scottish cultural traditions celebrated in North Carolina. They will learn about the Folk Heritage Award and the Mattye Reed African American Heritage Center as some of North Carolina’s acknowledgements of its great cultural diversity. Students will learn about individuals who are important to each of these cultures, including Dready Manning, Harriet Tubman, Oscar Wilson and Jerry Wolfe., ,
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