An introduction to geography and maps. Students review continents and oceans, and are introduced to the concept of human geography.
Studying Geography unit contains 6 learning experiences.
Learning Experiences (Lessons) in Studying Geography Each learning experience takes about 45 minutes to teach in the device-enabled classroom.
What Is Geography?
Students are introduced to the study of geography—what it is and what it isn't. They explore and describe the six elements of geography. Next, they learn about the tools geographers use and some of the real-life jobs that geographers do. Finally, they write their own article about how geography affects their everyday lives.
Making Maps Tutorial
Students take a tutorial to familiarize themselves with the National Geographic MapMaker tools that will be used extensively throughout the World Geography course. The experience also covers general information about maps.
World Factbook Tutorial
Students take a tutorial to familiarize themselves with the CIA World Factbook, a resource that will be used extensively throughout the World Geography course.
Continents, Oceans, and Climates
Students review what they know about the continents and oceans. Then they learn additional information about both. Next, they explore the differences between weather and climate and look at the climate zones throughout the world. Finally, students work in groups to learn about climate-related topics and report back to the rest of the class.
Students are introduced to the concept of human geography, including the sub-branches of economics, population, medicine, military, politics, and transportation. Then they explore the history of world population growth, recognizing specific milestones and impacts on Earth. Finally, students work in pairs to do additional research on some of these milestones. They present their findings to the class.