Five Themes of Geography Centers Investigation Activity

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Michele Luck's Social Studies
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Investigate the Five Themes of Geography with this interactive centers activity. Each center invites students to further investigate one of the themes (Location, Place, Movement, Regions, Human-Environment Interaction) through mapping, reading, and skills practice.

All materials (except atlases) are provided (print on card stock and laminate for repeated use!) and available online. Resources include recent articles (available on NOVA also for those with computer access for a station!) on various world events and require students to use critical thinking skills in analysis.

Resource Includes

Reading Cards with Content Information

Articles for Extension Learning

Students Organizers

Content Topics Covered

Five Themes of Geography





Human-Environment Interaction

Social Studies Skills Addressed

Primary Source Analysis

Image Analysis

Historical Thinking

Historical Inquiry

Cause & Effect


Addresses state and national standards (including TEKs, Common Core, and more).

About this Resource

These articles are controversial and serve as good discussion starters, but may be inappropriate for some classes. Any article could be substituted if fitting for the theme to better suit your class needs!

Student organizer and wrap-up questions are also provided.

This lesson is also available with the Geography Introduction COMPLETE Unit.

Check out the full 2 week unit to see if it would work well in your classroom!

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Total Pages
30 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
2 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.


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