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The student understands how humans adapt to variations in the physical environment. The student is expected to:
Describe and explain variations in the physical environment, including climate, landforms, natural resources, and natural hazards;
Identify and compare how people in different communities adapt to or modify the physical environment in which they live such as deserts, mountains, wetlands, and plains;
Describe the effects of physical processes such as volcanoes, hurricanes, and earthquakes in shaping the landscape;
Describe the effects of human processes such as building new homes, conservation, and pollution in shaping the landscape;
Identify and compare the human characteristics of various regions.
The student understands the concepts of location, distance, and direction on maps and globes. The student is expected to:
Use cardinal and intermediate directions to locate places on maps and globes such as the Rocky Mountains, the Mississippi River, and Austin, Texas, in relation to the local community;
Use a scale to determine the distance between places on maps and globes;
Identify and use the compass rose, grid system, and symbols to locate places on maps and globes;
Create and interpret maps of places and regions that contain map elements, including a title, compass rose, legend, scale, and grid system.

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