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Title: Ready, Set, TREK A Critical Thinking Journey Using the Five Themes of Geography'


1
Ready, Set, TREK! --A Critical Thinking Journey
Using the Five Themes of Geography.
  • Presenter Rosie A. Ochoa
  • raochoa_at_esc1.net
  • ESC - Region One Laredo Satellite Office (956)
    795-0000

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Ready, Set, TREK! A Critical Thinking Journey
Using the Five Themes of Geography.
  • SESSION DESCRIPTION
  • The geography curriculum is brought to life as
    participants develop a deeper understanding of
    the value of knowing geography and to teach their
    students the endless opportunities available for
    expanding their critical thinking skills as they
    apply the five themes of geography to their
    academics and add meaning to their daily lives.

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GOALS 2000--THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION EDUCATION
PROGRAM
  • The passing of the GOALS 2000 Educate America
    Act on March 31 of 1994 allowed the federal
    government a new role in its support for
    education. The federal government can now promote
    a comprehensive approach to help all students
    succeed in life.

4
The National Education Goals 1-8
  • Goal 3 American students will leave grades 4,
    8, and 12 having demonstrated competency over
    challenging subject matter including English,
    mathematics, science, foreign languages, civics
    and government, economics, art, history, and
    geography and every school in America will
    ensure that all students learn to use their minds
    well, so they may be prepared for responsible
    citizenship, further learning, and productive
    employment in our nation's modern economy.

5
Sources Suggested Websites
  • www.geo.txstate.educ/TAGE Texas Alliance for
    Geographic Educations
  • http//www.tea.state.tx.us/ssc/ Social Studies
    Center (TEA)
  • HORIZONS(2003), Harcourt School Publishers
    Holt, Rinehart and Winston, TE Vol 1 p. 2
  • GOALS 2000 Educate America Act on March 31 of
    1994 (Goal 3 cited on PowerPoint)
  • http//www.nd.edu/rbarger/www7/goals200.html
    Goals 2000 Education Act
  • Suggested Websites Last visited September 2007
  • Texas Alliance for Geographic Education
    http//www.geo.txstate.edu/tage/
  • National Geography Standards http//www.nationalg
    eographic.com/resources/ngo/education/standardslis
    t.html
  • Texas Social Studies Framework K-12 (TEA)
    http//www.tea.state.tx.us/ssc/downloads/pdf/frame
    work/EntireDoc.pdf
  • Geography Alliance Network http//ngsednet.org/com
    munity/about.cfm?community_id94
  • http//www.ncge.org/ The National Council for
    Geographic Education
  • SOCIAL_STUDIES_at_list.tetn.net
  • http//earthobservatory.nasa.gov/

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Ready, Set, TREK!
  • The Journey begins….

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All About Our World
  • Who? What? Where? When? Why? How?

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Question ?
  • How can I find answers to questions about Earth?

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Geography Can!
  • Geography helps us find answers to questions
    about Earth

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Geography?
  • What is geography?

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Geography is…
  • Geography is the study of Earths physical and
    human features.

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What is a geographer?
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A Geographer is…
  • A geographer is a person who studies geography,
    tries to understand relationships between people
    and places on Earth and between different places.

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Six Essential Elements of Geography
  • Geographers also use six other topics to
    understand Earth and its people.

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Six Essential Elements of Geography
  • The six essential elements of geography are
  • The World in Spatial Terms
  • Places and Regions
  • Physical Systems
  • Human Systems
  • Environment and Society
  • The Uses of Geography.

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Have you every heard Youre Nowhere Without
Geography?
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Do you think that the study of geography begins
with your own journey or trip?
  • When do you think that you started your geography
    journey or trip?
  • Where has your own geography journey or trip
    taken or led you?
  • Have you ever asked yourself, how much do I know
    about my world or the things or people around me?
  • Do people see the world the same or different
    from the way I see the world?

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What is the good news?
  • The good news is that there are many ways to
    think about the world.

19
When it comes to geography, what do you think of…
  • Maps?
  • People?
  • Land?
  • Climate?

20
Did you think about the Five Themes of Geography?
  • What are the Five Themes of Geography?

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THE FIVE THEMES OF GEOGRAPHY
  • Location
  • Place
  • Human-Environment
  • Movement
  • Regions

22
Can you find the Five Themes of Geography in Our
World?
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Lets Begin
  • Ready, Set, TREK!

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Location Everything on Earth has its own
location, or where it can be found.
  • Relative Location Where a place is in relation
    to other places.
  • Absolute Location Exact location on Earth

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Location
  • Why is it important to tell apart between an
    exact or common location?
  • An exact location is an absolute (specific)
    location.
  • A common location is a relative (general)
    location.

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Place Every location on Earth has an individual
place made up of unique or one-of-a kind features.
  • Physical features Are landforms, bodies of
    water, climate, and plant and animal life.
  • Human features Buildings, roads, and people are
    some of a places human features.

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Place
  • If you had to describe a place to a friend, would
    you begin by telling him or her about the
    characteristics of the people who live, work, and
    visit the place. Would you describe the
    buildings, bridges, farms, and roads.
  • If you had to describe a place to a friend, would
    you begin by telling him or her about the
    characteristics that make up the physical
    differences, such as mountains, rivers, soil,
    plant and animal life, the climate, the trees or
    other things that are found in nature that people
    can use in the place?

28
Human-Environment Interactions Humans and their
surroundings affect each other.
  • Modify People modify or change their
    surroundings by building cities.
  • Adapt Surroundings can affect people, causing
    them to adapt, or get used to fit, the way they
    act, such as wearing warm clothing in cold places.

29
Human/Environment Interaction
  • Why do people change or modify their environment?

30
Movement People, products, and ideas move from
place to place by transportation and
communication.
  • Geography helps you understand how people came
    to live where they do. It also helps you
    understand the causes and effects of movement.
  • A cause is an action that makes something else
    happen. An effect is what happens as a result of
    an action.

31
Movement
  • Besides basic transportation (e.g., car, truck,
    plane, boat) to export and import goods, what
    other examples best describes movement?

32
Regions Areas on Earth that are different from
each other because of their features or traits.
  • The type of features or traits in a region or
    area may vary from physical, human, economic,
    cultural, or political.

33
Regions
  • What makes a difference between certain groups of
    people in an exact region or area from people in
    other places?

34
Why Geography Matters…
  • Your special geographic journey or trip should
    remain happy, safe, and a bright future.
  • You are part of the future generation (all the
    people living at the same time or of about the
    same age) who can help show the way in this
    country as we move more into the 21st century
    (e.g., years 2008, 2009, 2010, 2025, 2050).
  • What are things facing America and our Earth that
    people can help or take care of to make it
    special for everyone?

35
Reflection
  • Is today, the day I need to change the way I
    think about my new learning and my education?
  • Will I continue to do my very best to learn about
    my environment and my geography?
  • Where will my own geography journey or trail
    guide me in the future?
  • How and where will future generations live and
    work in their geographic world?

36
Geography Is Living!
  • The Journey continues!
  • Ready, Set, TREK!
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