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Ch 31: MTLE Elementary Education: Geography

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This chapter on geography can help prepare you for the related questions on the MTLE Elementary Education exam, with video lessons taught by professional instructors arming you with an improved comprehension of the subject going into the test.

MTLE Elementary Education: Geography - Chapter Summary

This chapter walks you through the key topics related to geography and humanity's interaction with it that you may encounter within the MTLE Elementary Education exam, providing a dynamic and time-efficient review of:

  • Definitions of geography and natural resources
  • Contemporary approaches in geography
  • The five themes of geography
  • Types of regions and boundaries
  • Spatial processes and association of culture regions
  • Human settlements
  • Human and cultural geography
  • Cultural vocabulary and diffusion
  • Time geography
  • Human adaptation to and impact on the environment

Each lesson includes a practice quiz where you can make sure you understand what you've studied before continuing. You can take and re-take these quizzes as many times as you want, and print them as worksheets to study further with offline.

MTLE Elementary Education: Geography Chapter Objectives

The MTLE Elementary Education exam is comprised of three subtests, each of which includes 50 multiple-choice questions that test-takers are given an hour to complete. All three subtests must be passed in order to achieve your Minnesota teacher's license in the field. This chapter can act as an aid in your preparation for one of the three sections within the social studies subarea of Subtest 3. As a whole, the social studies subarea will count for 43% of your overall score on the third subtest.

15 Lessons in Chapter 31: MTLE Elementary Education: Geography
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What is Geography? - Definition, Facts & Types

1. 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.

Contemporary Approaches in Geography: Area, Spatial, Locational & Geographic Systems Analysis

2. Contemporary Approaches in Geography: Area, Spatial, Locational & Geographic Systems Analysis

If geographers study people and places, exactly how do they look at the information they find? In this lesson, we'll examine contemporary approaches to studying geography, including spatial, area, locational, and systems analysis.

What Are The Five Themes of Geography?

3. What Are The Five Themes of Geography?

After watching this video, you will be able to explain what geography is and describe the five key themes that make up geography. A short quiz will follow.

Types of Regions: Formal, Functional & Vernacular

4. Types of Regions: Formal, Functional & Vernacular

There are many different ways to divide land up into regions. In this lesson, we'll look at the common types of regions in geography, including formal regions, functional regions, and vernacular regions.

Types of Boundaries: Physical & Cultural

5. Types of Boundaries: Physical & Cultural

This lesson will seek to explain physical, political, and cultural boundaries. In doing so, it will identify differences in socio-economics, language, and religion as foundations for boundaries.

Spatial Association of Culture Regions: Definition, Distinctions & Influences

6. Spatial Association of Culture Regions: Definition, Distinctions & Influences

Have you ever noticed that people who live near water eat a lot of fish? Or that rainforests are in areas that have a lot of rain and high temperatures? In this lesson, we'll look at spacial associations in geography, as well as how they relate to culture.

Spatial Processes: Definition & Types

7. Spatial Processes: Definition & Types

How did you end up moving to where you live right now? This lesson looks at the processes of geography that helps to explain why certain physical and cultural movement occurs, such as migration and settlement patterns.

Human Settlements: Definition & Functions

8. Human Settlements: Definition & Functions

People don't live in a vacuum. We live with other people. Watch this lesson to find out about human settlements, including the two major types, and some of the functions and benefits of living with others, instead of on your own.

Human & Cultural Geography: Definition, Characteristics & Studies

9. Human & Cultural Geography: Definition, Characteristics & Studies

Humans don't exist in a vacuum. We live with other humans, and we live in a specific environment. In this lesson, we'll examine human & cultural geography, including what it is, and what types of topics are studied in the field.

What Makes a Culture? - Vocabulary

10. What Makes a Culture? - Vocabulary

When you think of culture, you probably get a mix of images in your head, which might include things like ceremonies, dress, and food. But what really makes a culture? Watch this lesson to find out more about culture traits, complexes, and hearths.

Cultural Diffusion: Definition, Expansion & Popular Cultures

11. Cultural Diffusion: Definition, Expansion & Popular Cultures

In this lesson, we'll use the examples of viral videos, hip hop, and yoga to explore how culture is diffused and expanded. We'll also look at how the Internet impacts our understanding of popular culture.

Time Geography: Torsten Hagerstrand's Works

12. Time Geography: Torsten Hagerstrand's Works

This lesson will explain time geography and the works of Torsten Hagerstrand. In doing so, it will highlight the effect of past decisions as well as capability, coupling, and authority constraints.

What Are Natural Resources? - Definition & Types

13. What Are Natural Resources? - Definition & Types

Natural resources are materials provided by the Earth that humans can use to make more complex (human-made) products. In this lesson, you will learn some examples of natural resources and how to classify them.

How Humans Adapted to Their Environments

14. How Humans Adapted to Their Environments

In this lesson, you will explore the impact of early humans on their environments and discover how these first communities survived. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Human Impacts on the Environment

15. Human Impacts on the Environment

The human population continues to grow, but the size of Earth and the resources available for our use are limited. Humans greatly impact the world around them, and our actions can and often do have dramatic and long-lasting consequences.

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