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Geography
By Sarah Lane
May 27, 2004, 12:55

5themes

Topic: Five Themes of Geography


ClassBrain Visitor:


What are the 5 themes of geography of Philadelphia?


ClassBrain Response:

I can only assume that when you are referring to the Five Themes of Geography, you are talking about the five themes written in 1984 by the National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) and the Association of American Geographers (AAG).

The Five Themes of Geography are: Location, Place, How People Relate to Their Environment, The Movement of People, Goods, and Ideas, and The Study of Regions.

If you were to apply this to Philadelphia, you would answer these questions:


1. LOCATION

What is Philadelphia’s exact latitude and longitude?

What is the city’s location in relation to other major cities?

What geographic factors caused Philadelphia to be located where it is? (e.g. land, water)


2. PLACE

What physical characteristics exist in this city such as plant and animal life?

What cultural (human) characteristics are typical of this city?

Which ethnic, religious, or political groups live here?


3. HOW PEOPLE RELATE TO THEIR ENVIRONMENT

What commodities do people depend on from, and in this area?

How do people in Philadelphia adapt to their environment in terms of what they wear and how they build their homes?

How do people in this city modify their environment to accommodate them? (e.g. building dams, changing landscapes)


4. THE MOVEMENT OF PEOPLE, GOODS, AND IDEAS

How are people transported in this city?

How are goods transported in this city? What are they? Who depends on them?

How are ideas transported in this city? (e.g. communication)


5. THE STUDY OF REGIONS

What other regions are there in the United States besides this one?

How are they different?

How do these regions change over time?

(Descriptions of regions can include information about the physical or cultural characteristics. Physical refers to mountains, deserts, climates, etc. Cultural refers to history, religion, and language.)


If you need more information on The Five Themes of Geography, National Geographic explains them in detail.

Good Luck!



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