About This Chapter
Tools Used in Geography - Chapter Summary
The video lessons in this chapter can help your middle school students explore the tools used in geography. The short and engaging videos offer insight into map projection and its importance to map design. They also explore ways geographers use maps and contemporary tools like GPS and GIS to describe where things are found around the globe. Your students can compare and contrast a Sun-synchronous orbit with a geostationary orbit and also learn about the geographical regions of the world. Multiple-choice lesson quizzes are available to gauge your middle school students' comprehension of the materials. Instructors are also available to address any questions you may have.
Chapter Lessons and Objectives
|Geographic Coordinates: Latitude, Longitude & Elevation||This lesson helps students explore the geographic coordinate system.|
|Geography Tools: Maps, GPS & GIS||With this lesson, students can learn how geographers use maps, GPS and GIS to describe where things are located throughout the world.|
|The World Map: Overview & Major Geographical Regions||Students can find an overview of the world map and explore the geographical regions of the world.|
|Map Projection & Scale||With this lesson, students can take a look at map projection, its importance to map design and how map scale is used to represent location.|
|What Is Remote Sensing?||Students are able to study remote sensing, its various uses and the difference between active and passive remote sensing.|
|Sun-Synchronous Orbit vs. Geostationary Orbit||Students can take a closer look at a Sun-synchronous orbit compared and contrasted with a geostationary orbit.|
1. Geography Tools: Maps, GPS & GIS
How can we study the earth and the features in it? Watch this lesson to find out more about common tools used in geography, including maps, global positioning systems, and global information systems, and their differences.
2. The World Map: Overview & Major Geographical Regions
The world is a big place, but how well do you know it? In this lesson, we are going to take a basic overview of major world regions and see how they interact to create the world map.
3. Map Projection & Scale
After watching this video, you will be able to explain what a map projection is, what a map scale is, and why they need to be carefully chosen when creating a map. A short quiz will follow.
4. What Is Remote Sensing?
After watching this video, you will be able to explain what remote sensing is, how it is used in geography, and give examples of remote sensing. A short quiz will follow.
5. Sun-Synchronous Orbit vs. Geostationary Orbit
After watching this video, you will be able to explain what sun-synchronous and geostationary orbits are, and why they are useful. A short quiz will follow.
Earning College Credit
Did you know… We have over 79 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 2,000 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.
To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page
Transferring credit to the school of your choice
Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.
Other chapters within the Geography: Middle School course
- Introduction to Geography
- Earth's Spheres and Internal Structure
- Plate Tectonics
- Minerals and Rocks
- Weathering and Erosion
- Rock Deformation and Mountain Building
- Ground Water
- Running Bodies of Water
- The Earth-Sun Relationship
- Solar Radiation & Energy
- Global Temperature Patterns & The Atmosphere
- Atmospheric Pressure and Wind
- Atmospheric, Weather & Wind Patterns
- Atmospheric Moisture, Precipitation & Clouds
- Weather Events
- Geomorphology of Arid Regions
- Oceans & Coasts
- Geologic Time
- The Origin and Dispersal of Humans and Culture
- The Impact of Geography on Language & Culture
- The Environment & Human Populations
- The Domestication of Plants & Animals
- The Global Distribution & Characteristics of Soil
- Geography of Land Resources
- Human Movement & Spatial Processes
- Types of Human Settlements
- Ethnicity & Geography
- Modern Economic Systems
- The Economy & Geography
- Political Geography
- Impact of Humans on the Environment
- Renewable Resources
- Nonrenewable Resources
- Environmental Sustainability
- Food and Agriculture
- Solid and Hazardous Waste
- Environmental Risk Analysis
- Ethical and Political Processes of the Environment
- Understanding Geography Using Maps
- The Impact of Religion on Geography
- Early Human Civilizations
- World Conflicts & Geography
- Geography of North America
- Geography of the U.S.
- Geography of Canada
- Geography of the Caribbean & Central & South America
- Geography of Europe
- Geography of Africa & the Middle East
- Geography of South Asia
- Geography of China, Japan & the Koreas
- Geography of Russia & Central Asia
- Geography of Australia & the Pacific Islands