TITLE: 5 Themes Awareness of Current Event Issues AUTHOR: Joyce O'Connor/Anchorage School District, Anchorage, Alaska GRADE LEVEL: Appropriate for grades 7-9. OVERVIEW: The 5 Themes of Geography is a multi pronged approach to analyzing and thinking critically about current events. This lesson is designed to assist the student in developing a global perspective when viewing local, national and global events. OBJECTIVES: 1. The student will be able to identify the 5 Themes of Geography as being Location, Place, Human-Environmental Interaction, Movement and Region. 2. The student will be able to explain a current event from the perspective of each theme and their interrelationship. MATERIALS: Newspaper, construction paper, scissors, atlas, maps, encyclopedias. ACTIVITIES AND PROCEDURES: 1. Create a 5 Themes Portfolio about a current event that involves natural science 2. Cut out an article from the newspaper that includes a natural science event. Ex: Fishing, Animals, Landforms, waterways, etc. 3. Cut 5 pieces of different colored construction paper so that each one is 1 inch shorter than the previous one. 4. The student creates the Portfolio as follows: Page 1: LOCATION. The student draws a map where the event happened and identifies the relative location by labeling at least 10 landmarks near the site as well the absolute location (longitude and latitude). Page 2: PLACE. Student describes the physical characteristics of the place that make it unique from any other. place. What does it look like? How is it different from another place? Page 3: HUMAN-ENVIRONMENTAL INTERACTION: Student describes how man and environment effect each other. What happened? What was the consequence? Page 4: MOVEMENT: Describe in why the people, animals, products or ideas move to this area and how they intereact with people and products from other areas. What is the reason people/products/ideas migrate here? What new ideas or products has this produced?: Page 5: REGIONS: Describe how this area or people form a unique region. It may be that the area has unique but common language, governmental borders, landforms, problems, or ethnic issues that make them similar. Depending on the current event, the newspaper article can be pasted on the facing page of the Theme which appears to be the most emphasized in the article or paste it on an additional page as a cover to the project.
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