Five Themes of Geography

Illustrated Textbook: Place-It’s Physical Characteristics

November 15, 2017 // 0 Comments

In this installment, we venture back to Australia to introduce the next theme of geography, PLACE. We find out how SITE is different from place characteristics, and why there’s no place like any other place, in the world. Click to [...]

Lessons & Worksheets: The Five Themes of Geography and Current Events

August 18, 2017 // 0 Comments

If you want your students to start engaging with new sources and happen to be studying the five themes of geography, here is a worksheet for you. Step 1: Have your kids learn about the five themes of geography via lecture, research, or article. Here are good summary notes provided by Stanislaus University if you need a place to start. Step 2: The Five Themes of Geography in Practice together and let the kids work either alone or in groups to find current event article that can relate to each of the five themes. I’ve found this best done as an in-class activity to help answer their questions and guide their thinking. I have students type in a topic in Google and then click on news to see what interesting news articles pop up. Some students might struggle with creative thought here and try to simply type in “Location” or “Five Themes of Geography” which will typically not yield good search results. Tell them to refer back to their notes and try to think of [...]

Illustrated Textbook: Location-Site and Situation

July 25, 2017 // 0 Comments

If you’ve ever wanted to know the distance between Reykjavik, Iceland and Timbuktu, Mali, this page is for you. ABSOLUTE and RELATIVE LOCATION are covered, as well as ABSOLUTE DISTANCE. I would also like to dedicate this page to the countless number of AP Reading colleagues who are / have traveled to Iceland for professional development. It is definitely on my bucket list. Click the image to enjoy! [...]

Illustrated Textbook: Location-Site and Situation

July 22, 2017 // 0 Comments

In this installment, we jump into SITE and SITUATION while within the theme of LOCATION. We discover what’s so special about Chiang Mai, Thailand and how zombie deer are an example of a locational site factor. Click the image to read. Click to [...]

Illustrated Textbook: Location-Toponyms

July 17, 2017 // 0 Comments

The next installment takes us to the 2nd of 5 Themes of Geography-Location. We find out about toponyms, the mystery that is Tesnus, Texas, and how perception matters when choosing to live in Hell on Earth. Click the image below to [...]
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