About This Chapter
Who's it for?
This unit of our High School World History Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about geography and topography. There is no faster or easier way to learn about geography and topography. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about geography and topography, types of maps, latitude and longitude, time zones and demographics.
- Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
- Homeschool parents who need a history curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
- Gifted students and students with learning differences.
How it works:
- Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
- Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
- Short quizzes and the Geography - Topography unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.
Geography - Topography Unit Objectives:
- Define the scope of the field of geography.
- Explain how to use map projection to map Earth's spherical shape.
- Explore different types of maps, such as political, world, population, weather and topographical maps.
- Define latitude and longitude, and describe how they relate to the equator, hemispheres and prime meridian.
- Discuss different time zones, such as Pacific, Mountain, Central and Eastern.
- Define topography, and take a look at the elements found on topographic maps, such as mountains, hills, plains, plateaus and sea level.
- Learn about the factors that contribute to climate change.
- Explain how demographics can affect population distribution.
- Take a look at other factors that influence population distribution, such as ethnicity, quality of life and job location.
1. What Is Topography and How Is Topography Reshaped?
The topography, or surface of the Earth, is constantly changing shape due to many powerful forces. In this lesson, we will learn about some of the amazing changes that occur on Earth due to the processes of weathering, erosion, and deposition.
2. What is Geography? - Definition, Facts & Types
This lesson will define and explore the study of geography. In doing this, it will also explain the two main branches of geography, which are physical and cultural geography.
3. Map Projections: Mercator, Gnomonic & Conic
This lesson will explain and illustrate the Mercator, gnomonic, and conic map projections. In doing this, it will highlight the strengths and flaws of each while also defining the term 'cartographer'.
4. Types of Maps: Population, Topographic, Weather, Political & World Maps
This lesson will explain the different types of maps used to interpret and study our world. In doing this, it will focus on maps that deal in elevation, population, weather patterns and more.
5. Geographic Coordinates: Latitude, Longitude & Elevation
This lesson will seek to explain the geographic coordinate system. In doing so, it will explain latitude and longitude. It will also highlight the equator, the prime meridian, and the concept of elevation.
6. US Time Zones: Pacific, Mountain, Central & Eastern
This lesson will explain and show the four major time zones of the United States. It will also highlight the work of Fleming, the Standard Time Act of 1918, and daylight saving time.
7. Population Distribution: Rural vs. Urban Areas
The distribution of people varies depending in the type of location. In this lesson, we will explore how people are distributed between rural and urban areas and how these populations have changed over time.
8. Population Distribution Factors: Job Availability, Quality of Life & Ethnicity
This lesson will discuss population distribution and the factors that affect it. It will specifically highlight quality of life, job availability, and ethnicity, while also defining the terms 'sparse' and 'dense.'
9. Geography and Climate: Effects on Civilizations
In this lesson, we will look at the relationship between geography, climate, and civilization. We will learn why civilizations develop in particular regions and how this leads to lifestyle and cultural differences.
10. Factors Involved in Climate Change
Our Earth's climate has changed many times in her 4.5 billion year lifetime. Discover the multiple factors that influence these changes and test your understanding with a short quiz.
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Other chapters within the High School World History: Homeschool Curriculum course
- Foundational Concepts of World History: Homeschool Curriculum
- World Religions & Belief Systems: Homeschool Curriculum
- World History - Early Civilizations: Homeschool Curriculum
- Ancient Civilizations - Near East: Homeschool Curriculum
- Ancient Civilizations - China: Homeschool Curriculum
- Ancient Civilizations - India: Homeschool Curriculum
- History of Ancient Greece: Homeschool Curriculum
- Hellenism and Athenian Achievement: Homeschool Curriculum
- The Rise of the Roman Republic: Homeschool Curriculum
- History of the Fall of Rome: Homeschool Curriculum
- The Founding of Christianity: Homeschool Curriculum
- The Eastern Mediterranean: Homeschool Curriculum
- Introduction to the Dark Ages: Homeschool Curriculum
- African History: Homeschool Curriculum
- The Early Middle Ages: Homeschool Curriculum
- The Medieval Warm Period: Homeschool Curriculum
- The High Middle Ages: Homeschool Curriculum
- Asian History (1000-1300 CE): Homeschool Curriculum
- Pre-European Civilizations in North America: Homeschool Curriculum
- Dynastic Empires of Eurasia: Homeschool Curriculum
- The Late Middle Ages: Homeschool Curriculum
- The Renaissance Era: Homeschool Curriculum
- The Age of Exploration: Homeschool Curriculum
- The Reformation Across Europe: Homeschool Curriculum
- The Elizabethan Era: Homeschool Curriculum
- Colonialism: Homeschool Curriculum
- The Enlightenment & World Revolutions: Homeschool Curriculum
- World War I: Homeschool Curriculum
- Between the World Wars: Homeschool Curriculum
- World War II: Homeschool Curriculum
- The Cold War: Homeschool Curriculum
- Post War Europe, Asia, Middle East & Africa: Homeschool Curriculum
- Latin America Since 1900: Homeschool Curriculum
- The 21st Century: Homeschool Curriculum