The Five Themes of Geography
The Five Themes of Geography
The Five Themes of
Adapted from Ms. Cleland
What is Geography?
1 : a science that deals with the
description, distribution, and
interaction of the diverse
physical, biological, and
cultural features of the earth's
Source-Merriam Webster Collegiate Dictionary
In plain English…
Geography is the study of the
earth and everything on it.
Where did the 5 themes come
5 Themes of Geography originated by
the National Geographic Society to fulfill a
need for geographers (people who study
the earth and everything on it) categorize
everything they learn.
And the 5 themes are…
THEME 1Location: Where is it?
Two types of location:
absolute and relative
A specific place on the Earth’s surface
Uses a grid system
Latitude and longitude
A global address
Where a place is in
relation to another
words to describe
Theme 2: PLACE
What is it like there,
what kind of place is it?
• What are the main
• How many people live,
work, and visit a place.
Things that occur
naturally, such as
mountains, rivers, type of
soil, wildlife, climate etc.
Theme 3: Human
People Interact With Their
Adapt to Their Environment
Modify Their Environment
Depend on Their Environment
THEME 3: MOVEMENT
are people, goods, ideas moved from
place to place?
• Trucks, Trains, Planes
• Phones, computer (email), mail
• How do fads move from place to place?
TV, Radio, Magazines
THEME 5: REGIONS
How are Regions similar to and different from
• Regions defined by governmental or administrative boundaries
(States, Countries, Cities)
• Regions defined by similar characteristics (Corn Belt, Rocky
Mountain region, Chinatown).
• Regions defined by a function (newspaper service area, cell
phone coverage area).
• Regions defined by peoples perception (middle east, the
am I ever going to remember all five
of these themes?!...Mr. Help, to the
HE Human Environment Interaction
Describe you and your family using the 5 Themes of
Geography. Make sure you use every theme
My family lives in the Cumnock area of Lee County. Cumnock is in
the northwest portion of Lee County, between Sanford and Gulf.
We all speak English, and a family custom was family dinners each
night and yearly trips to the beach in the summer. Our house is
located in an uncrowded neighborhood on mostly flat land, with
many pine and hardwood trees. (PLACE)
We adapt to our environment by wearing shorts and T-shirts in the
summer and long sleeves and coats in the winter. We make great
use of the central heating and air at our house. We modified our
environment by painting the inside of our house, and making a spare
bedroom into a pink baby room just before our daughter was born.
We plant a vegetable and herb garden each spring and use it for
cooking until fall. My father and I built a pond near my house to
solve a drainage problem. (H-E Interaction)
My wife and I drive cars to get from place to place. I travel by
motorcycle when I can. We also travel by airplane to get long
distances, but not very often. We also use e-mail and telephones to
communicate with each other. (MOVEMENT)
We live in the South. (REGION)