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5 THEMES OF GEOGRAPHY

AN INTERACTIVE LEARNING MODULE


BY: KRISTIN STILES

DEFINITION OF GEOGRAPHY

geography 1 : a science that deals with the description, distribution, and interaction of the diverse physical, biological, and cultural features of the earth's surface
Source-Merriam Webster Collegiate Dictionary
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IN PLAIN ENGLISH

Geography is the study of the earth and everything on it.

Visit each of the following sites. Follow all buttons on each page. Save the BACK ARROW button until you are done with each page. The BACK ARROW button will bring you back to this page. When you have visited all 5 Themes, click on the RIGHT arrow button below.

5 THEMES OF GEOGRAPHY

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY


By clicking on this site, you will visit the National Geographic Society 5 Themes of Geography web page. After reviewing the web page, click the back arrow on your browser to come back here. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY http://www.nationalgeographic.com/resour ces/ngo/education/themes.html

WHERE DID THE 5 THEMES COME FROM?


The 5 Themes of Geography originated by the National Geographic Society to fulfill a need for geographers (people who study the earth and everything on it) categorize everything they learn. These 5 places are easy to remember. Just say the word PRILM.
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WHAT IS PRILM?
PRILM is a mnemonic device that can be used to help remember what the 5 Themes of Geography are. Simply put, take the first letter of each Theme to create the word PRILM. They are: Place Region Interaction (Human-Environment) Location Movement

Quiz About The Five Themes of Geography


Click the bell to the left of the correct answer. Applause will sound if the answer is correct. A gong will sound if the answer is incorrect. A key to the quiz follows the last slide. You may continue answering each question until the correct answer is found.
Click on the orange arrow key to progress through the quiz.

Question 1 Which of the following is NOT a geography theme?


A. movement B. human-environmental interaction D. people

C. region

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Question 2 Which of the following is an example of Human-Environmental Interaction?


A. getting the mail B. watching TV

C. playing Gameboy

D. Rainforest Clearing

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Question 3 Which of the following helped create the 5 Themes of Geography?


A. Geographica Institute C. National Council for Social Studies B. National Geographic Society D. Social Studies Teachers of America

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Question 4 Which of the following is an example of A. Deep South

PLACE?

B. McDonalds

C. Dodge County Middle School

D. Skating rink

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Question 5 Which of the following is NOT an example of Location? A. Springfield, Missouri C. Georgia B.
Dodge County Middle School 1103 Herman Ave Eastman, GA 31023

D. the hills

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Question 6 Which of the following is an example of region?


A. Georgia B. South America

C. United States

D. The Midwest

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Question 7 What is the name of a person who studies the earth and everything on it? A. Photographer B. Cartographer

C. Geographer

D. Mapographer

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Key
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D 2) D 3) B 4) A 5) B 6) D 7) C
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SUMMARY

Making Sense of it All Now that you have found out a little about the five themes, how can you use them? Imagine for a minute that you are a newspaper reporter. An important discovery of a lost land has been made, and you have the chance to be the first person to interview the returning explorers. Make a list of the questions that you might ask. Remember, the five themes and ask the most important questions from each. Here are some questions to get you started: Where is it? Where exactly is that? What does it look like? How many people live there and where? What settlements (cities, villages) does it have? What sort of climate does it have? Does it have any extremes of weather? Is it prone to any type of natural disaster? What are the natural resources and how are they used? What type of agriculture is there? What are the main types of transportation and communication? What makes the people there different to people in other places? What sort of government does it have? Is it associated with any other place?

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INTERNET REFERENCES
Click on the links below to view additional information.

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/r

esources/ngo/education/themes.html http://sd71.bc.ca/Sd71/Edulinks/ICT 6_9/lessons/geo1/5themes2.htm

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REFERENCES
http://www.funsocialstudies.learningh

aven.com/articles/fivethemes.htm http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/lesson071.shtml http://www.classbrain.com/artaskcb/ publish/article_34.shtml

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