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Five Themes of Geography


The Five Themes of Geography were created in 1984 by the National Council for Geographic Education and the Association of American Geographers.

Essential Questions
  1. Place:  “What is this place like?” 
  2. Location: "Where is it on the earth's surface"?
  3. Human Environment Interaction (HEI): "How do people depend upon, adapt to, and modify their environment?
  4. Movement: "How is a place connected to other places?"
  5. Regions: What does the place have in common with other places?

Learner Outcome

Through the creation of a media project, the student will have a better understanding of how and why countries change within the context of these five geographic themes.


Thinking in terms of migration, students will create a media project focusing on a country of their choice. It must address each of the Five Themes of Geography.  The assignment must include a works cited page at the end of the brochure. 

Remember: A "Works Cited" page is MLA format.

Our Earth

Globe with grid

A computer-generated globe of the earth turning.
Globe With Grid. Photography. Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest. Web. 15 Aug 2012.

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