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Geography: Five Themes of Geography

Developed by the National Council for Geographic Education in 1984, the five themes of geography are Location, Place, Human-Environment Interactions, Movement, and Regions. These websites have definitions of each of the five themes, lesson plan ideas, and resources for exploring individual themes in depth. Includes an eThemes resource on absolute and relative location.


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Here is a slightly more technical explanation of the five themes.
Test your knowledge by matching key phrases with one of the five themes of geography.
Here are interactive matching or concentration games to help students learn these fundamental concepts of geography.
This Web site is a very comprehensive resource for learning the history and culture of any country. You can browse by country, continent, or select from the drop-down menu to find detailed, book-length country profiles.
Students can find nearly any place on earth in interactive or printable maps. This site provides political maps, physical maps, topographical maps, thematic maps, country profiles, and more. NOTE: This site contains a link to the map store.
This site is contains accurate, authoritative information on the countries of the world. Here you can view pictures of maps, flags, and statistics of countries around the world.
Click on any country to read about its culture, people, and history. Also included are pictures of its landscape. NOTE: This site contains sponsored links.
This website has information about human interactions with the environment. Search the Maps section to find geographic data broken down into four general categories: Humans, Land Use, Ecosystems, and Water Resources. The Schematics section describes various resource cycles with text and animations.
This game will show you a map. For each map, select the correct state or country. There are five levels of difficulty.
This site from the UK links to several articles on various geography topics and includes sample tests.
Click and drag on the map for an exact location. You can zoom out for a global view, or zoom in to view individual neighborhoods. Available with or without labels.
These sites are about the geographic concept of location. Learn the difference between absolute and relative location. There are maps, activities, lesson plans, and more. Included is an eThemes resource on the five themes of geography.

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