Active Engagement Pathfinder Hardin Intermediate Library
Geography and Influence
on Contemporary Society 6th Grade Social Studies
Prepared by Mr. Hood, Library Media Specialist November 2014
Click on Links as one would a regular web page. Venice,
Owl Teacher - 5 Themes of Geography
brainPOP – Themes of Geography (school login)
Five Themes of Geography Video – Great Age Level
Google Earth – Download Program or APP
AP Human Geography – Still Great for Grades 5-6
National Geographic for Kids
Ducksters Geography – Great Information about Geography and
Geography Learning Games for Kids
KBears Geography – Exciting Kid Site with images and
Comparing Urban Footprints - Fascinating Visuals and
Comparing the Koreas from Space at Night- National
CIA World Factbook – Use the most extensive site for country
A World of Cultures – Information links broken down by
Index Mundi – Indexed Country information
Fact Monster – Information on individual countries
GeoNet – Interactive Country Information
Smithsonian Institute – Cultures of the World
Fin, Fact and Feather Bureau of Investigations – Role Play in
(Name of Country or City) Latitude, Longitude, Absolute
Location, Relative Location, Human Environment Interaction, urban
centers, rural, migration, Push/Pull Factors,
Search Engines. Duncanville ISD Databases
Safe Search for Kids Kidz Search
School Internet Resources
GooGooligans Kids Click! Sweet Search instaGrok
Reference. Citation Help.
Macmillan Dictionary Your Dictionary Fact Monster
Citation Machine MLA Format
(6.4) Geography. The student understands the factors that
influence the locations and characteristics of locations of various
contemporary societies on maps and globes and uses latitude and
longitude to determine absolute locations. The student is expected
(S) (6.4A) locate various contemporary societies on maps and
globes using latitude and longitude to determine absolute
(R) (6.4B) identify and explain the geographic factors
responsible for patterns of population in places and regions;
(R) (6.4C) explain ways in which human migration influences the
character of places and regions;
(R) (6.4D) identify and locate major physical and human
geographic features such as landforms, water bodies, and urban
centers of various places and regions;
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