MS Geography!

What do you think of when someone says to you, “Define geography?” The most common responses, of course, relate to where something is.  In effect, this is only one of five ways that geographers define geography. In the 6th Grade Social Studies classes we have wrapped up our introduction to the Five Themes of Geography: Location, Place, Human-Environment Interaction, Movement, and Regions. These are the five categories that geographers use to identify the uniqueness of locations on Earth. These categories go beyond where a place is to examine what makes a place physically and culturally unique, as well as how people live in that location. For our classes in the Middle School, these themes will help frame our study of history, be it expansion of the United States in the 1800s or the world cultures of antiquity. To bring home the Five Themes, the 6th Grade looked at various regions around the world, in addition to our location here in Maryland. Library and computer research, teamwork, and country reports helped round out the instructional experience.