Get ready to travel the world and explore the seven continents! During the year, we will be exploring an introduction to geography and then set sail to explore the 7 continents by focusing heavily on vocabulary, close reading, mapping, cultures, and a variety of hands on activities and
games. This is a complete geography curriculum. In order for your child to be successful in this class, there will be assignments every week. Why study geography? Geography helps one understand the physical and cultural characteristics of the world. It provides the values, knowledge, concepts, and skills to better understand ourselves, our relationship to the earth, and our interdependence with other peoples of the world. The following is an overview of what we will be exploring:
- Process and reporting of information identifying, locating, comparing, and contrasting the major continents and oceans: North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Australia, Asia, Antarctica, Arctic, Atlantic, Indian, Pacific, and Southern using maps, globes, and other technologies.
- Interpreting maps and globes using common terms, including country, region, mountain, hemisphere, latitude, longitude, north pole, south pole, equator, time zones, elevation, approximate distances in miles, isthmus, and strait.
- Using cardinal directions, map scales, legends, titles, and longitude and latitude to locate major cities and countries in the world.
- Examining major physical and political features on globes and maps, including mountains, plains, plateaus, mesas, buttes deserts, deltas, islands, peninsulas, basins, canyons, valleys, bays, streams, gulfs, straits, canals, seas, boundaries, cities, highways, roads, and railroads.
- Explaining the difference between relative and absolute location
- Using different types of maps (political, physical, population, resource, polar projection, and climate) and globe skills to interpret geographic information from a graph or chart.
- Summarizing how people interact with their environment to satisfy basic needs and how geographic challenges are resolved, including housing, industry, transportation, communication, bridges, dams, tunnels, canals, freshwater supply, irrigation systems, and landfills.
- Interpreting different texts and primary sources to describe the major components of culture including language, clothing, food, art, beliefs, customs, and music.