This lesson includes all of the printables for 3 centers or 3 whole group activities used to introduce students to the 5 Themes of Geography.
Center 1 - A powerpoint lesson introducing the 5 Themes. It is intended for students to take notes with direct instruction on what the 5 themes are and provides pictorial examples of each.
Center 2 - A sorting activity intended to have students explain their reasoning for categorizing each of the photos into one of the 5 Themes. There are guiding questions that help students to make their decisions.
Center 3 - Individual accountability. This center is intended as an introduction to research. It demonstrates to the students that when researching a country or culture, it is vital to consider all of the 5 themes before forming opinions. (This center is dependent on students accessing either iPads or computers.)
I suggest running the centers in groups of 12. Rather (2 groups of 6 on each center or 3 groups of 4 at each center) This formation allows me to run all three groups with only 15 iPads.