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Core content

  • SS-HS-4.2.2Students will explain how physical (e.g., climate, mountains, rivers) and human characteristics (e.g., interstate highways, urban centers, workforce) of regions create advantages and disadvantages for human activities in a specific place. DOK 2

  • SS-HS-4.3.2Students will explain how technology (e.g., computers, telecommunications) has facilitated the movement of goods, services and populations, increased economic interdependence at all levels and influenced development of centers of economic activity. DOK 2

  • SS-HS-4.3.1Students will describe the movement and settlement patterns of people in various places and analyze the causes of that movement and settlement (e.g., push factors such as famines or military conflicts; pull factors such as climate or economic opportunity) and the impacts in the modern world (1500 A.D. to present) and United States (Reconstruction to present). DOK 3


  • Metropolitan area – a major population center of a large city and smaller suburbs around it (LA)

  • Rural fringe – small towns, farms

    Just beyond a city’s suburbs

Look at the graphic organizer on page 79
Look at the graphic organizer on page 79

Essential Question

  • How does urban sprawl affect people and the planet?

Urban fringe mainly homes – the ring of small towns and suburbs that surround a big city

Urban sprawl – the rapid often poorly planned spread of development from an urban area outward into rural areas.

8 out of 10 people in US and Canada live in a metropolitan area

Largest –NYC

In the past – people lived in the urban core – “walking city”

By 1900 –begin to move to outer city limits (rail)

1920- What developed so people could move to the urban fringe?

Cars – people moved to the suburbs as

Well as businesses

Problems with urban growth


New homes needed

Rural land is less expensive

Better place to raise a family

Creates jobs to build houses

New homeowners pay taxes


Destroying plants and animals habitats

Heavy traffic jams


Rising taxes which is needed to pay for roads, schools, etc.

Problems with urban growth