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Geography for Life. Geography’s Key Concepts, Skills and Perspectives & ISSEarthKAM. A vision of what geography education should be …. A geographically informed person…. who sees meaning in the arrangement of things in space…. Can you identify London, Amsterdam, Rome, Moscow, and Berlin?.

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geography for life

Geography for Life

Geography’s Key Concepts, Skills and Perspectives


a geographically informed person
A geographically informed person…
  • who sees meaning in the arrangement of things in space…

Can you identify London, Amsterdam,

Rome, Moscow, and Berlin?


A geographically informed person…

  • Who sees relations between



& environments


A geographically informed person…

  • Who uses geographic skills…

A geographically informed person…

  • And who applies spatial and ecological perspectives to life situations.
Six essential elements
    • World in Spatial Terms
    • Places and Regions
    • Physical Systems
    • Human Systems
    • Environment & Society
    • Uses of Geography
the world in spatial terms
Std 1: Using maps, globes and geographic representations to acquire, process, report information

Std 2: Use mental maps to organize information

Std 3: Analyze the spatial organization of people, places, and environments

The World in Spatial Terms
spatial relations
Spatial Relations
  • Skills needed to recognize spatial distribution and spatial patterns
  • Identify shapes
  • Recalling and representing layouts
  • Connecting locations
  • Associating and correlating spatially distributed phenomena
spatial relations cont
Spatial Relations (cont.)
  • Comprehending & using spatial hierarchies
  • Regionalizing
  • Comprehending distance decay and nearest neighbor effects
  • Imagining maps from verbal descriptions
  • Sketch mapping
  • Comparing maps
  • Overlaying and dissolving maps
places regions
Std 4: Human & physical characteristics of places

Std 5: People create regions to interpret Earth’s complexity

Std 6: Culture & experience influence people’s perceptions of places/regions

Places & Regions
physical systems
Std 7: Physical processes that shape patterns of Earth’s surface

Std 8: Characteristics and distribution of ecosystems

Physical Systems
human systems
Std 9: Char’s, distribution, migration of humans

Std 10: Char’s, distribution of cultures

Std 11: Patterns and networks of economic interdependence

Std 12: Processes, patterns, functions of human settlements

Std 13: Conflict and cooperation

Human Systems
environment society
Std 14: How human actions modify the physical environment

Std 15: How physical systems affect human systems

Std 16: The meaning, use, distribution and importance of resources

Environment & Society
uses of geography
Std 17: How to apply geography to interpret the past

Std 18: How to apply geography to interpret the present and plan for the future

Uses of Geography