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Ms. Yates
September 2014

Welcome to our first class! Today will will focus on what geography is and why we should study it.

Here's the BIG QUESTION:

How does geography connect us to our world?

What is Geography?
What is Geography?

What is geography?
Why is it important to know where things are on Earth?

Let's take a look at our textbook. (pages 2-4)

Who Uses Geography?
Class work
Read about the Kayapo of
Brazil (page 5) and answer questions 1 & 2 in your notebook.
The Kayapo of Brazil
Thinking Like A Geographer
Geographic Inquiry
Reading Maps
Reading Images
Reading Images
In groups of 3:
Why is geography an important subject to study?

What do you know about the concepts of geographic thinking?

How does Geography connect us to our world?

Introduction to Geography
In your notebook, answer the following:


1) What is geography?

2) Why study geography?

3) Create a graphic organizer to name and describe the 3 critical questions of geography.

How do we learn more about a topic or problem?
Describe the steps you would take.
Activity: Use the handout to record key words from each stage of inquiry (pages 8/9)

Now let's discuss the questions in
each bubble that relate to the Kayapo people.
Let's share our homework
Remember, geographers are concerned about the surface of earth and where things are located.

Read the description of each category on pages 6/7.
Can you think of alternative, or more common words or phrases we could use?

Numbered Tables:
Each group will be assigned 1 of the 4 geographic thinking concepts. On chart paper you will:

Describe the concept
Define any important words
Create a logo or symbol
Write a brief statement to explain
your choice.
Can you think of all the different ways we use maps?

Let's turn to page 10.

You may have been surprised to see Indigenous people as the focus of our introduction, but geography is about understanding how humans relate to the physical world.
Why aren't the stages of the Geographic Inquiry Model numbered 1 to 5?
Each group will receive a question. Discuss and record your thoughts. Be prepared to share with the class.
Complete the handout and share your findings.
Work with a partner to read and understand the map on page 10.
Satellite images are taken from observation satellites in low Earth orbit (160 km to 2000 km above Earth's surface).
What physical features shown in Figure I.3 can you find in Figure I.4? (pages 10/11)
Why are fires burning around the Kayapo territories?
Is there any additional information that the satellite image provides that the map does not?
Use Google Earth to find Oakville.

Analyze the image using the 7 elements from page 11.
Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down/Thumbs Sideways

I understand how "what" is connected to "where."
I understand that maps, photos and satellite images can help tell the story of a place.
I understand that being an active geographic learner can help me be a better global citizen.
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