Sunday, September 23, 2012

Learning and Practicing Map Skills

Geography is defined as the study of the Earth and everything that’s on it.  That’s a pretty broad topic! So in order to make geography easier to comprehend geographers have come up with different ways to organize it. One method is to break it up into topics called the Five Themes of Geography.

This week we started defining those five themes and students learned about the first two themes: Location and Place. They discovered that often the first thing people want to know about a location is where it is. So we have been practicing latitude and longitude. This can be a difficult subject for some children, but we will comeback to it throughout the year. By the end of school most students will have mastered the skill.

The second thing most people want to know about a place is what it’s like there. So the next two or three weeks we will be defining landforms, and locating famous world features and landmarks. This is a high interest topic for most children, and they will be completing a landform dictionary as one of their projects.
Don’t forget that this Thursday is Back-to-School Night. It is from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Please be sure to attend to receive a class syllabus and to see what we have been doing in the classroom.

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