Lessons and Worksheets: Geography Fundamentals: Nature and Scope

LESSON: Spacial Distribution: Pattern, Concentration, Density

June 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

Teacher’s Notes: This is the lesson that I use for my students to teach them about the concept of spatial distribution and density. I am sure that you can implement a few more fun things like using M&Ms to have them illustrate the different types as well (actually I might try that this year). The blank worksheet and key are below. It usually takes my kids  50 minutes to complete the worksheet and it takes me 20 minutes to complete the lecture. Title: Spacial Distribution: The Final Frontier Topics: Space: Pattern, Distribution, Concentration, Density Time: 50-70 minutes Materials: Lecture Notes, Worksheets Purpose: For students to understand the different types of spatial distributions and types of densities. Procedure: 1) Lecture/Discussion: Explain to students what SPATIAL DISTRIBUTION is and its importance. Provide students with lecture notes on how to figure out the three types of arithmetic density. Explain why it is useful for geographers to [...]

LESSON PLAN: Environmental Determinism, Ellsworth Huntington, and the Decline of Geography | GeoCurrents

October 3, 2013 // 0 Comments

Environmental Determinism, Ellsworth Huntington, and the Decline of Geography | GeoCurrents. Geography is defined as “the study of the earth and its features.” Derived from the Greek for “earth writings,” geography traditionally focused on the world as a whole; investigations of smaller regions were a distinct if related branch of learning. For centuries, the main focus of geographical research was filling in the unknown portions of the world map. But as that task came to an end in the late 1800s and early 1900s, new research frontiers were sought. Many geographers turned to what was then a hot topic in social science: the racial differentiation of humankind. Others attempted to distill geographical laws from the age-old theory of environmental determinism, seeking global correlations among climate, soils, and landforms, on the one hand, and social, political, and cultural forms, on the other. By the 1910s and ‘20s, environmental determinism was the reigning paradigm of [...]
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