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Five Themes of Geography

Five Themes of Geography

Author: Jessica Shoja

What are the five themes of geography?


  1. Location
  2. Region
  3. Place
  4. Movement
  5. Human Environment Interaction
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Wikipedia Definition of Geography

Geography:  (from Greek γεωγραφίαgeographia, lit. "earth describe-write") is the science that studies the lands, the features, the inhabitants, and the phenomena of the Earth.  A literal translation would be "to describe or write about the Earth." 

Merriam-Webster Definition of Geography

Geography:  A science that deals with the description, distribution, and interaction of the diverse physical, biological, and cultural features of the earth's surface

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Youtube Video: Five Themes of Geography


Location is the first theme;
Guess you know it's true.
Absolute or relative,
latitude or longitude

Place will be our second theme,
Always on my mind.
Physical or human,
Describe what you will find

5 themes, 5 themes, 5 themes, 5 themes I ain't got nothin' but 5 themes,
of geography!

Human-environment interaction
Regions, movement,
location and place!

Next I'll mention movement,
that's what I will do.
How people, goods, ideas get from there to you?

Regions are for comparing,
this place and that.
What language do they speak there?
Is it mountainous or flat?


The last theme is the longest,
we call it HEI.
It's how people affect their region,
and how they've learned to survive.


Human-environment interaction
Regions, movement
location and place!

Source: Youtube video: Song credits go to The Beatles and Ms Rucker


1.  Write your own song about the five themes of geography

2.  Come up with your own examples for each theme of geography