Why Study Geography? Activity on the 5 Themes of Geography

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Geography is important! But do your kids think so? This is a great lesson to start off the year as you examine the topic “Why Study Geography?” This lesson begins by getting students out of their seat with a 4 Corner Debate. Your students will then take notes on pop-up expert as they study geography. The lesson concludes with task cards and a spectrum, where they have to defend their thinking.

When you purchase this lesson, you will receive:

-A detailed lesson plan
-A reading on “Why Study Geography?”
-Pop-Up Experts for an Interactive Notebook
-Task Cards to review the content
-A Spectrum to wrap up the lesson

This lesson will benefit all your students as you provide multiple opportunities to debate and discuss the topic.

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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Identify aspects of a text that reveal an author’s point of view or purpose (e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts).
Describe how a text presents information (e.g., sequentially, comparatively, causally).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
Identify key steps in a text’s description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).
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.


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