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Ch 21: PLACE Elementary Education: Foundations of Geography

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Let our video lessons and quizzes help you review information about the study of geography. These engaging videos cover information you'll need to know when taking the PLACE Elementary Education teacher certification exam.

PLACE Elementary Education: Foundations of Geography - Chapter Summary

You can use the lessons in this chapter to help you develop a deeper understanding of geographic tools, elements and approaches to the study of geography. You will have the opportunity to review key term definitions and explore examples used to clarify information discussed in the lessons. After viewing the lessons and taking the quizzes, you should be able to answer questions on the PLACE Elementary Education exam related to:

  • Defining geography and its two main branches
  • Identifying the six elements of geography
  • Explaining contemporary approaches in geography
  • Differentiating between relative and absolute location
  • Understanding the impact of geography on U.S. and world history
  • Reading topographic and geologic maps
  • Interpreting and creating a scale map
  • Listing tools used in the study of geography

The material is presented in simple terms and uses illustrations and examples to make the topics fun and easy to learn. Self-assessment quizzes allow you to measure your knowledge and your readiness in answering these types of questions on the PLACE Elementary Education exam.

PLACE Elementary Education: Foundations of Geography Chapter Objectives

The Foundations of Geography chapter addresses topics that you can expect to be tested on in the Social Studies section of the PLACE Elementary Education exam. The exam consists of multiple-choice questions and is a paper-based test. After watching our engaging videos, you should be prepared to answer questions on the basic principles and concepts of geography, including topics like geographic systems, tools and practices.

8 Lessons in Chapter 21: PLACE Elementary Education: Foundations of Geography
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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.

The Six Essential Elements of Geography

2. The Six Essential Elements of Geography

Geography is a lot more than maps. Learn what geography actually is, and discover the six essential elements of geography. Test your knowledge of the elements by taking a quiz when you are through.

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.

Relative vs. Absolute Location in Geography

4. 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.

The Impact of Geography on Culture, Civilizations & Conflict

5. The Impact of Geography on Culture, Civilizations & Conflict

In this lesson we briefly explore the massive impact geography has had on human civilization, from its very beginnings to the cultural pursuits we enjoy to the conflicts that sculpt human history.

How to Read Topographic and Geologic Maps

6. How to Read Topographic and Geologic Maps

This lesson explains the main features of topographic maps, including contour lines, index contours and contour intervals. It will also cover two rules that all contours follow and discuss geologic maps and the information they contain.

How to Construct and Interpret a Scale Map

7. How to Construct and Interpret a Scale Map

This lesson will explain what a scale map is and how it represents two different things on the map expressed as a ratio. This lesson will also demonstrate the steps needed to create a scale map from any ordinary map.

Geography Tools: Maps, GPS & GIS

8. 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 geographic information systems, and their differences.

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