5 THEMES OF
BY: KRISTIN STILES
DEFINITION OF GEOGRAPHY
1 : a science that deals with
the description, distribution,
and interaction of the
diverse physical, biological,
and cultural features of the
Source-Merriam Webster Collegiate Dictionary
IN PLAIN ENGLISH
Geography is the study of
the earth and everything
5 THEMES OF GEOGRAPHY
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ARROW button will bring you back to this page. When you have visited
all 5 Themes, click on the RIGHT arrow button below.
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National Geographic Society 5 Themes of
Geography web page. After reviewing the
web page, click the back arrow on your
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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY
WHERE DID THE 5 THEMES
The 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. These 5 places
are easy to remember. Just say the
WHAT IS “PRILM”?
PRILM is a mnemonic device that can be used
to help remember what the 5 Themes of
Geography are. Simply put, take the first
letter of each Theme to create the word
PRILM. They are:
The Five Themes of
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the correct answer is found.
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Which of the following is NOT a
A. movement B. human-environmental
C. region D. people
Which of the following is an example
of Human-Environmental Interaction?
A. getting the mail B. watching TV
C. playing Gameboy D. Rainforest
Which of the following helped create
the 5 Themes of Geography?
A. Geographica B. National Geographic
C. National Council D. Social Studies
for Social Studies Teachers of America
Which of the following is an example of PLACE?
A. Deep South B. McDonalds
C. Dodge County D. Skating rink
Which of the following is NOT an example of
A. Springfield, B. Dodge County Middle School
1103 Herman Ave
Eastman, GA 31023
C. Georgia D. the hills
Which of the following is an example of
A. Georgia B. South America
C. United States D. The Midwest
What is the name of a person who studies the
earth and everything on it?
A. Photographer B. Cartographer
C. Geographer D. Mapographer
Making Sense of it All
Now that you have found out a little about the five themes, how can you use them?
Imagine for a minute that you are a newspaper reporter. An important discovery of a lost
land has been made, and you have the chance to be the first person to interview the
returning explorers. Make a list of the questions that you might ask. Remember, the five
themes and ask the most important questions from each.
Here are some questions to get you started:
Where is it?
Where exactly is that?
What does it look like?
How many people live there and where?
What settlements (cities, villages) does it have?
What sort of climate does it have?
Does it have any extremes of weather?
Is it prone to any type of natural disaster?
What are the natural resources and how are they used?
What type of agriculture is there?
What are the main types of transportation and communication?
What makes the people there different to people in other places?
What sort of government does it have?
Is it associated with any other place?
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