THE 5 THEMES OF
GEOGRAPHY
ge·og·ra·phy
1 : a science that deals with the
description, distribution, and interaction of
the diverse physical, biologi...
IN PLAIN ENGLISH:
 Geography is the study of the earth and
everything on it.
THE FIVE THEMES OF GEOGRAPHY
1. Location
2. Place
3. Human-Environment Interaction
4. Movement
5. Regions
1. LOCATION:
Where is it? Why is it located there?
 Absolute
Location
 Is given in degrees of
latitude and longitude
(gl...
2. PLACE: What is it like?
 Physical Characteristics
 Landforms (mountains, plains, etc.), bodies of water
(oceans, lake...
2. PLACE: What is it like?
 Human Characteristics
 Bridges, roads, buildings, culture, languages, beliefs.
 All places ...
3. HUMAN-ENVIRONMENT INTERACTION
 How do people interact with and change their
environment?
 We depend on the environmen...
4. MOVEMENT
 How are people and places linked by
communication and the flow of people, products
and information/ideas?
 ...
5. REGIONS
 Formal Regions
 Made by Governments:
states, cities, counties
 Similar Characteristics:
Corn Belt, Rocky Mo...
REMEMBERING THE 5 THEMES
If you can’t remember what they are
just ask MR. HELP!!!
M – Movement
R – Regions
HE – Human ...
SUMMARY CHART
PRACTICE: Discuss the
5 THEMES in this picture.
1. Location
2. Place
3. Human-
Environment
Interaction
4. Movement
5. Regi...
PRACTICE: Discuss the
5 THEMES in this picture.
1. Location
2. Place
3. Human-
Environment
Interaction
4. Movement
5. Regi...
PRACTICE: Discuss the
5 THEMES in this picture.
1. Location
2. Place
3. Human-
Environment
Interaction
4. Movement
5. Regi...
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The 5 themes of geography (slightly revised)

  1. 1. THE 5 THEMES OF GEOGRAPHY
  2. 2. ge·og·ra·phy 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
  3. 3. IN PLAIN ENGLISH:  Geography is the study of the earth and everything on it.
  4. 4. THE FIVE THEMES OF GEOGRAPHY 1. Location 2. Place 3. Human-Environment Interaction 4. Movement 5. Regions
  5. 5. 1. LOCATION: Where is it? Why is it located there?  Absolute Location  Is given in degrees of latitude and longitude (global location) or a street address (local location).  Paris, France is 48o North Latitude and 2o East Longitude.  The White House is located at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.  Relative Location  Relative location depends upon point of reference. Eg. Near, far, a short drive.  Described by landmarks, time, direction or distance. From one place to another.
  6. 6. 2. PLACE: What is it like?  Physical Characteristics  Landforms (mountains, plains, etc.), bodies of water (oceans, lakes, bays, etc.), ecosystems (soil, plants, animals, and climate)
  7. 7. 2. PLACE: What is it like?  Human Characteristics  Bridges, roads, buildings, culture, languages, beliefs.  All places have features that distinguish them from other places.
  8. 8. 3. HUMAN-ENVIRONMENT INTERACTION  How do people interact with and change their environment?  We depend on the environment.  Ex. People depend on rivers for water and transportation.  We adapt to the environment.  Ex. We adapt to the environment by wearing clothing suitable for summer (shorts) and winter (coats), rain and shine.  We modify the environment.  Ex. People modify their environment by heating and cooling buildings for comfort.
  9. 9. 4. MOVEMENT  How are people and places linked by communication and the flow of people, products and information/ideas?  Movement of People Cars, Trucks, Trains, Planes  Movement of Products Cars, Trucks, Trains, Planes  Movement of Information/ideas Phones, computer (email), mail TV, Radio, Magazines
  10. 10. 5. REGIONS  Formal Regions  Made by Governments: states, cities, counties  Similar Characteristics: Corn Belt, Rocky Mountain Region  Functional Regions  Made by Function: cell phone coverage area, B-E School District
  11. 11. REMEMBERING THE 5 THEMES If you can’t remember what they are just ask MR. HELP!!! M – Movement R – Regions HE – Human Environment interaction L – Location P - Place
  12. 12. SUMMARY CHART
  13. 13. PRACTICE: Discuss the 5 THEMES in this picture. 1. Location 2. Place 3. Human- Environment Interaction 4. Movement 5. Regions
  14. 14. PRACTICE: Discuss the 5 THEMES in this picture. 1. Location 2. Place 3. Human- Environment Interaction 4. Movement 5. Regions
  15. 15. PRACTICE: Discuss the 5 THEMES in this picture. 1. Location 2. Place 3. Human- Environment Interaction 4. Movement 5. Regions

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