Davis Waldorf School


Geography Curriculum
In sixth grade, students develop an understanding of world geography using maps and globes with an emphasis on seasonal changes, biotic zones, and wind and water currents. They also explore longitude and latitude, specific landforms, and comparisons and contrasts of various climates and biomes. Students engage in oral presentations, drawings for main lesson work, and write reports in the course of these studies.

In seventh grade, when given biographical sketches of explorers, students experience the geography of the world including major waterways and continents. There is an emphasis on cultural geography where students compare and contrast the topographical, climatic, and indigenous qualities that inform the population of those regions covered. There also is an exploration of the landscape, weather and resources of the world continents.

In eighth grade, economic geography is studied. Students use previous knowledge of world geography to track major world commodities. Following the origin of the major resources on earth, such as sugar and coffee, students experience the human need for cultivating a resource into a major crop for human consumption. Students discover the interrelated workings of natural resources, industrialization, human influence, and environmental and social impact. Through the course of study, students engage in note-taking, artistic projects, main lesson work, tests, and presentations.


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