Middle school geography classes expand our kids’ horizons. Literally, geography is the study of the world, its people and the landscapes they create. Their teachers use five major themes to organize and guide students.

They are: #1. Location – describes where something is like the Grand Canyon is in northern Arizona. #2. Place – describes the features that make a site unique like the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.

#3. Regions – areas that share common characteristics like the Mojave Desert has a distinctive climate and plant life. #4. Movement – looks at how and why people and things move. For example, airports help people and things move around the world. And, #5. HumanEnvironment Interaction – the study of people interacting with their environment, like the farmer who uses his land to grow crops.

Studying geography enables students to find answers to questions about the world around us;It makes them better-informed citizens who will be better-equipped to solve issues at local and global levels … and along the way even discover a place for a great family vacation!

Content provided by Oakland University


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