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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Ahern Middle School, Foxboro, Ma- October 29th

42° 4' 27" N
71° 14' 18" W

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The EarthView team is excited to be visiting Ahern Middle School in Foxboro today! We have visited Ahern almost every year since EarthView began! Our last visit was on November 14th of last year and the blog post for that visit can be found here

The current 6th graders are learning about the five themes of geography and how geographical features such as rivers and mountains affect population patterns.  

The Five Themes of Geography encompass Location, Place, Region, Movement, and Human-Environment interaction. 

Location refers to where a place is located on the Earth. It can either be absolute, like latitude and longitude or relative like "next door".

A Place is an area that is defined by everything in it while a Region is an area that is defined by similar characteristics.

Movement describes the way that people, information & ideas move from one place to another while Human-Environment Interaction look at the relationships between people and their environment: how they adapt to it, change it, etc.

Almost anything in any discipline can be looked at Geographically. Geography education is key! It is not just about knowing state capitals and countries, it's about learning how to look at and understand the world!

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