5 THEMES OF GEOGRAPHIC INQUIRY

THEME EXAMPLE
Location Where is it? (longitude & lattitude, which country?)
Place What is it like there? (climate, landscape, building types)
People What is it like to live there? (culture, language, customs)
Movement Transportation, migration (Why move there? How do you get there?)
Human interactions with the environment How people relate to it, & change the landscape. (road building, damming rivers, growing crops, digging mines)

Uses Activity Answers Results

Political Map of Canada

Relative Location

Absolute Location

Latitude & Longitude Game

Mapping Skills Scale Intro

Mapping Skills - Scale Test

Canadian Atlas A to Z Assignment

Map Reading Basics / Topo Maps

Contour Lines

Topo Map Elevations

Topographic Map Brochure Assignment Based on this Pamphlet

Location Quiz

Map Cartoon Homework (Read / Get folks to sign)

Online Location Quiz

DIFFERENT WAYS OF ORGANIZING THE WORLD

REGION DESCRIPTION EXAMPLE
Physical Defined by factors like: soil type, rain, terrain type. Mountainous areas, desert, ocean
Geologic & Landform Regions of similar rock type or same major surface feature. Area of igneous rock / St. Lawrence Lowlands -good soil, Canadian Shield - rocky
Climate, Soil & Vegetation Defined by natural forces. Cold, dry polar region / hot, humid rainforest region
Human Define by what people do. Time zones (Canada: PMCEAN Pacific, Mountain, Central, Eastern, Atlantic, Newfoundland), Urban / Rural region Political regions (Ontario), Cultural regions - French communities
Functional Defined by how people use that area. Shipping port, airport, train station, shopping district
User-Defined Defined by a product or service. Radio station's broadcast area, newspaper's circulation area, grocery store's neighbourhood, school's boundary for students
Ecozone Defined by common Human & Physical Features. Atlantic Maritime, Prairie, Hudson Plains, Arctic Cordillera