Introduction to Geography 8th Grade Social Studies
When you hear the word “geography”, what comes to mind?
Geography is… • “the study of Earth and its peoples, places, and environments”
In other words… • How the Earth looks physically • Where you are located and the culture that comes along with it • How the different parts of the world work together
What is culture? • “the beliefs, customs, arts, etc., of a particular society, group, place, or time” • Example: how you dress, where you live, what you celebrate, religion • Example: Quest has its own culture – the knights (student drawn logo), blue & green, school uniforms
Landforms Canyons Mountains Valleys
Landforms Continued Plains Hills Glaciers
Natural Resources • “products of the Earth that people use to meet their needs” • Examples: solar and wind energy
Draw your “perfect” geography • Everyone will need a blank piece of paper and coloring utensils • Must be in color • Pick a city/state/area, google pictures, and draw your interpretation • Your drawing should include at least 2 geographical features we discussed • Label specifics (such as Pacific Ocean or Mt. Charleston) • Please don’t forget to include your name and period number (example: Ms. Bass, B2) • This assignment is due in class today Where would you LOVE to live?
How Geographers View The World Chapter 1 – Lesson 1
What do geographers do? • Study how people live, in terms of space & place • Where people live on the surface of the Earth? • Why do people live in that specific area? • How do people interact with one another? • How do people interact with the physical environment?
Thinking Spatially • Referring to Earth’s features in terms of location, shapes, and relationships to one another • Examples: physical features (height, width, depth), the sizes & shapes of cities
Thinking Spatially • Mount Charleston • Elevation (height): 11,916 ft. • Distance: 35 miles NW of Las Vegas • How does it differ from LV? • Plant life • Animal life • Weather