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World cultures and geography is the study of physical and human geography. A world cultures curriculum is typically organized by region and allows students to explore global cultures as they analyze populations, settlement patterns, and how these affect the physical environment.

A world cultures class will also give students the opportunity to analyze and compare various factors such as development, systems of government, and standards of living in different parts of the world including the U.S., Asia, Africa, and Latin America, just to name a few.

What is Taught in Middle School World Cultures and Geography?

A world cultures curriculum should cover a number of topics including  geography, economy, government, history, and of course, culture. An introduction to the principles of geography and maps is typically the focus of the initial chapter(s).

When teaching middle school world geography, it’s also important to focus on in-depth studies of the world’s regions, their physical and political geography, ancient civilizations, the various cultures of that area and their characteristics.

As you teach world cultures and geography, remember to help students make real-world connections and provide positive reinforcement.  In addition, be sure to incorporate domain-specific vocabulary as well as reading and writing assignments so that students can continue to expand their literacy skills.

Middle School World Cultures and Geography Objectives

Middle school world geography gives students a comprehensive look into the cultures, climates, and physical features of the planet’s regions.  A world cultures curriculum should help your student achieve a number of important learning objectives to help prepare them for future studies.

Some of these objectives include being able to:

Define geography as a field of study

Understand the division of Earth into continents, oceans and hemispheres

Identify and locate the major climate regions of the U.S. and Canada

Distinguish between race and ethnicity

Differentiate between developed and developing countries

Gain an appreciation of the different cultures and traditions.

In addition to direct instruction in these areas, there are Middle School World Cultures and Geography activities that will enhance your child’s learning. Look for opportunities to incorporate historical homeschool field trips into your schedule. Play grade-appropriate games that highlight geography skills. And check out library books that feature patriotic themes.

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