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Ch 38: NYSTCE Social Studies: Basic Geography Concepts

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Review basic geography concepts in this chapter of the NYSTCE Social Studies exam study guide. Video lesson and self-assessment quizzes help you refresh your knowledge of this topic in preparation for attaining a license to teach social studies in New York.

NYSTCE Social Studies: Basic Geography Concepts - Chapter Summary

This chapter's lessons explore basic geography concepts including the five themes of geography, contemporary approaches in geography, and geography tools. You will also be given the opportunity to review map keys and legends, map projection and scale, and geographic coordinates. Once you finish this chapter, you should be able to answer questions on the NYSTCE Social Studies exam related to the following topics:

  • Area, spatial, location and geographic systems analysis
  • Maps, GPS and GIS
  • Latitude, longitude and elevation
  • Differences between relative and absolute location
  • Analyzing spatial organization of people, places and environments on Earth's surface
  • Using the scientific method in geography

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10 Lessons in Chapter 38: NYSTCE Social Studies: Basic Geography Concepts
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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.

What Are The Five Themes of Geography?

2. 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.

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

3. 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.

Geography Tools: Maps, GPS & GIS

4. 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.

What is a Map Key/Legend? - Definition, Symbols & Examples

5. What is a Map Key/Legend? - Definition, Symbols & Examples

Learn about maps and map keys/legends. Understand why map keys are essential to understanding maps, and see some examples of the importance of map keys.

Map Projection & Scale

6. 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.

Geographic Coordinates: Latitude, Longitude & Elevation

7. 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.

Relative vs. Absolute Location in Geography

8. Relative vs. Absolute Location in Geography

Location is important in geography. But what's the difference between absolute and relative location? In this lesson, you will learn the distinction between these two types of location. A short quiz following the lesson will allow you to test your knowledge.

Analyzing Spatial Organization of People, Places & Environments on Earth's Surfaces

9. Analyzing Spatial Organization of People, Places & Environments on Earth's Surfaces

After watching this video, you will be able to explain why studying spatial organization is important and describe aspects of the spatial organization of people, places, and the environments on the Earth. A short quiz will follow.

Using the Scientific Method in Geography

10. Using the Scientific Method in Geography

After watching this video, you will be able to explain what the scientific method is, how and why it is used in geography, and give some examples. A short quiz will follow.

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