The 5 Themes of Geography Location Place Human-Environment Interaction Movement Regions
Location Where is it? Why is it there? Two Types of Location Absolute Relative
Absolute Location A specific place on the Earth’s surface Uses a grid system– latitude & longitude A global address
Kansas: Absolute Location Kansas 38° N 96° W Lenexa 38°, 57’ N 94°, 44’ W
Relative Location Where a place is in relation to another place Uses directional words to describe –Cardinal and intermediate directions –Landmarks, time, or distance
Rhode Island: Relative Location Rhode Island is bordered by Massachusetts to the north and Connecticut to the south Rhode Island is on the east coast Rhode Island is the Northeast Kansas is a Midwestern state.
Place-The personality What is it like there? What kind of place is it? We look at the physical and human characteristics to identify a place.
Physical Characteristics- are natural Land features Mountains, plains, and plateaus Climate Bodies of water Animals Plant life
Regions What places have in common. –Political regions (countries, states, counties, cities) –Landform regions (Rocky Mountains, Death Valley) –Agricultural regions (Cornbelt, Bread basket) –Cultural regions (Chinatown, Little Italy)