10 Themes: Part 3: People, Places, and Environments


Whether you’re looking to explore the world around you or better understand the people and cultures that make it up, this lesson on geography is a great place to start. You’ll learn about the five themes of geography and how they can help you understand the world around you. You’ll also get a chance to practice using maps and directions, and learn about geographic information systems (GIS). And best of all, you’ll see how all of this ties into your everyday life. So what are you waiting for? Let’s start exploring!

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In this lesson, students will learn about the five themes of geography and how they can be applied to both real-world and personal experiences. Through the use of maps, students will explore locations of cultural and environmental importance, learning about different geographic information systems along the way. Geography is a field of study that is essential to understanding the world around us, and this lesson will help students see why it is important and how they can use it in their daily lives. With practice using directions and map-making, students will have fun pretending to be geographers as they explore the continents.

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3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade


Social Studies

State Educational Standards

NCSS.SS.D2.GEO.1.3 – 5, NCSS.SS. D2.GEO.2.3 – 5, NCSS.SS. D2.GEO.3.3 – 5, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.3 – 5.3

Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.