5 THEMES OF GEOGRAPHY AN INTERACTIVE LEARNING MODULE BY: KRISTIN STILES
DEFINITION OF GEOGRAPHY ge·og·ra·phy1:a science that deals with the description, distribution, and interaction of the diverse physical, biological, and cultural features of the earth's surfaceSource-Merriam Webster Collegiate Dictionary
IN PLAIN ENGLISH Geography is the study of the earth and everything on it.
5 THEMES OF GEOGRAPHYVisit 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. MOVEMENT Human-Environment Interaction PLACE REGION LOCATION
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/resources/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”.
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 AboutThe 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.
A. movement C. region B. human-environmental interaction D. people Question 1Which of the following is NOT a geography theme?
A. getting the mail C. playing Gameboy B. watching TV D. Rainforest Clearing Question 2 Which of the following is an example of Human-Environmental Interaction?
A. Geographica Institute C. National Council for Social Studies B. National Geographic Society D. Social Studies Teachers of America Question 3Which of the following helped create the 5 Themes of Geography?
A. Deep South C. Dodge County Middle School B. McDonalds D. Skating rink Question 4 Which of the following is an example of PLACE?
A. Springfield, Missouri C. Georgia B. Dodge County Middle School 1103 Herman Ave Eastman, GA 31023 D. the hills Question 5Which of the following is NOT an example of Location?
A. Georgia C. United States B. South America D. The Midwest Question 6Which of the following is an example of region?
A. Photographer C. Geographer B. Cartographer D. Mapographer Question 7 What is the name of a person who studies the earth and everything on it?
Key • 1) D • 2) D • 3) B • 4) A • 5) B • 6) D • 7) C
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?
INTERNET REFERENCESClick on the links below to view additional information. • http://www.nationalgeographic.com/resources/ngo/education/themes.html • http://sd71.bc.ca/Sd71/Edulinks/ICT6_9/lessons/geo1/5themes2.htm
REFERENCES • http://www.funsocialstudies.learninghaven.com/articles/fivethemes.htm • http://www.education-world.com/a_lesson/lesson071.shtml • http://www.classbrain.com/artaskcb/publish/article_34.shtml