5 Themes of Geography | Place


There are 5 major themes of Geography: Location, Place, Human/Environment Interaction, Movement, and Regions. This unit specifically teaches about place.

In Geography, place describes how areas are alike and different. Students will learn about two ways ‘place’ is categorized: physical characteristics and human characteristics. Physical characteristics discussed include: landforms, bodies of water, climate, soil, vegetation and animal life. Human characteristics discussed include: land use, population, language, religion, architecture and political systems.


  • – 8 pages of instructional text
  • – Vocabulary cards
  • – 4 student worksheet pages + essay questions which can be assigned or discussed
  • – Answer keys

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Vocabulary covered in the unit:

  • physical characteristics
  • human characteristics
  • landforms
  • climate
  • tropical (climate)
  • dry (climate)
  • temperate (climate)
  • continental (climate)
  • polar (climate)
  • mild (climate)
  • high elevation (climate)
  • soil
  • humus
  • vegetation regions
  • life zones
  • biome


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