It’s better than it sounds...I promise!
What is Geography? But geography is so much more...
Geography is the study of the world, its people, and the landscapes they create.
What else is geography?
Geography is a science AND a social science
Science vs. Social Science Social Science Social Science Social Science Social Science
A science... You do that across the hall... We don’t do that in here...
Science is a systematic way to gather knowledge about the world and organizing that knowledge into laws and theories
We do this...
A Social Science...
Social science explores human relationships and the affects they have on the world around us.
Five themes of Geography Location Place Human-Environmental Interaction Regions Movement
Location Location is divided up into 2 parts Location is divided up into 2 parts A specific description like a GPS coordinate or an address such as 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
A general description of where a place is located. For example, North Carolina is north of South Carolina.
Your location can change depending on where you are in the world
PLace Similar to location except it’s different. It is more than just where something is...it’s about personality! A place refers to the area’s landscape, which are the features that define the area and make it different from other places.
PERSONALITY! --> Washington D.C.
Human-Environmental interaction How features interact with one another.
How people and their physical environment affect each other
Movement How many of you have moved? Which way did you move? Road? Airplane?
Geographers want to know why people move and they study the routes people take from place to place.
REgions What are some regions that you know of around the world? The world is divided up into regions to help geographers study the world.
Jeopardy Rules of Jeopardy 1. You must answer in a question 2. You must raise your hand
Answer: Place, REgion, Movement, HEi, and Location What are the 5 Themes of Geography?
Answer: a specific and definite location? What is absolute location?
Answer: Exploring human relationships and the affect we have on the world around us. What is a social science?
Answer: It’s the Personality of a lOcation that defines this theme of geography. What is place?
Some basics you need to know...
Latitude refers to the imaginary horizontal lines that run from east to west around the globe. 0 degrees is the Equator. Longitude refers to the imaginary vertical lines that run from north to south around the globe. 0 degrees is the Prime Meridian
When you use latitude and longitude (GPS) you are finding LOCATION
Cartography is the science of making maps Physical Geography is the study of the world’s physical features - its landforms, bodies of water, climates, soils, and plants.
Human Geography is the study of the world’s people, communities, and landscapes