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Social Studies 7A, Packet Six, France, Germany, Poland and the Low Countries

 

Packet Eight
The Baltic States, France, Germany, Poland, and the Low Countries

Deadline, 10/23, 120 points

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How has the European changed the ways these nations interact
How has the legacy of World War II affected these nations?
How might it change in the future?
What are these nations doing to combat terrorism?
What are the most obvious variations in physical geography for these nations?
How have people used the land in these countries to support large populations?

French countryside

Dutch scene

Description

For this packet, we will look at the three of largest and most powerful nations in Europe - France, Poland, and Germany -  as well as the low countries of The Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg.

Together, these nations span Europe from the Mediterranean to the North Sea and from Russia to the North Sea. Variety is the name of the game when we look at this part of Europe. We go from Frances’s highest peak - Mt. Blanc at 15,781 feet, and higher than any peak in the contiguous United States - to the small nation of The Netherlands, tucked against the North Sea and much of its land actually below sea level

In this packet, we are going to explore these nations of northern Europe with maps and a series of national discoveries.

Objectives

Students will demonstrate their understanding of these nations by completing the assigned materials.

Essential questions

In addition to the mapping assignment linked to this site, you need to complete the following questions:

  1. What was the Iron Curtain? Describe its end.
  2. How has the European Union changed the ways these nations interact? How might in change in the future?
  3. How have these nations been influenced by the Roman Empire?
  4. What are these nations doing to combat terrorism?
  5. What are the most obvious variations in physical geography for these nations?
  6. How have people used the land in these countries to support large populations?

Special instructions

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Links

Click here to view the printed materials for this assignment.
 

Online files

The CIA World Factbook

Geography of France
1, 2, 3

Geography of Germany
1, 2

Geography of The Netherlands
1, 2

Geography of Belgium
1, 2

World War II facts, Iron Curtain
1, 2

Influence of the Roman Empire on modern Europe
1, 2, 3

Agriculture in Europe
1, 2

Here is a link to the entire online textbook.

Here is a link to the part of the textbook we will use for this unit.

Fight against terrorism
1, 2, 3, 4

Here is the link to the World Atlas index page. You will want to use this for the physical geography portion of the assignment.

Here is a link to an interesting site about the Baltic Sea.

This is an excellent link for the rivers and mountain ranges of Europe.

This is a good link for large physical features in Europe.

Here is a link to the European Union's plan to block terrorism.

Here is a link to the European Union's description of land use in Europe.

To see a copy of the handout about the EU challenges, click here.

To view the PowerPoint about the modern influence of the Roman Empire, click here.

To view the PowerPoint about the Iron Curtain, click here.

Sound Files

Churchill's Iron Curtain speech

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