Geography and Climate

Yes, geography is the primary theme of this course and there is a good reason for that. Geography includes so many important aspects of studying people and places. Among them are:

  • Temperature
  • Precipitation
  • Wind
  • Seasons
  • Plants
  • Animals
  • Land Forms (i.e. mountains, valleys, caves)
  • Coastal/Inland


Then to take it even further, we need to be familiar with geography guides such as maps, atlases, and globes to better understand geography.

Geography is the starting point for all social studies work. A student must first understand the geography of a given area before even beginning to try and understand a culture or an historical event. That is why we are going to spend the majority of this year talking about geography. Of all of the ten attributes of culture, geography is always the starting point and will always be our focus when we talk about each of the different places on Earth.

Key Questions About Geography

1. How does the geography of a given area help to influence the formation and continuation of a given culture?

2. Can people change the geography of a given area to meet their needs? Why or why not?

3. Why are plants and animals considered as part of geography?

4. How do you think that plants, animals, and people have been able to live and even thrive in virtually every geographic region of the world? Does this surprise you?

5. How does geography connect to the other nine attributes of culture?