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Vocabulary words for Culture and Geography

Social Studies

A course of study including geography, history, government, and sociology


The study of the earth and its features and of the distribution of life on the earth, including human life and the effects of human activity.


all of the ways in which people differ, such as age, race, gender, ethnicity, mental and physical abilities, and sexual orientation, education, income, religion, work experience, language skills, geographic location, and family status.


A negative attitude toward an entire category of people such as a racial or ethnic minority


a very simple, often mistaken, generalization about a group of people


being able to respect the opinions, religions and behaviors of others


the total way of life followed by a group of people


is a broad concept that embraces all aspects of human life. It includes everything people learn to do, and have learned to do. Culture shapes our thoughts and actions.


One of the Six parts of culture - how people in different areas adapt to their environment


One of the Six parts of culture - what people believe about the meaning of life and death


One of the Six parts of culture - how people educate themselves, how they write, paint, express, and entertain themselves


One of the Six parts of culture - how people govern themselves, how they make the rules and laws under which they live


One of the Six parts of culture - how people make their living, how they obtain the things they need and want


One of the Six parts of culture - how people group themselves, ways in which they organize themselves into groups like family and friends


One of the Five Themes of Geography - Where something can be found on Earth. It may be absolute or it may be relative.


One of the Five Themes of Geography - Describes what a location looks like

Human / Environmental Interaction

One of the Five Themes of Geography - How people interact with their environment


One of the Five Themes of Geography - how people, ideas, and goods move from one place to another


One of the Five Themes of Geography - an area defined by common characteristics

absolute location

exact place on the Earth where something is located, usually measured in latitude and longitude, or a street address

relative location

described by landmarks, time, direction or distance from one place to another and may associate a particular place with another.

physical characteristics

anything in a place that is made in nature (ex. trees, mountains, rocks)

human characteristics

anything in a place that is made by humans (ex. buildings, roads, language)


An object produced or shaped by humans, especially a tool, weapon, or item of archaeological or historical interest


a leftover part of an organism from history, such as a skeleton or leaf imprint, preserved in the earth's crust


scientist who studies past cultures and their artifacts


any object or device that is used to accomplish a task


One half of culture topic - things or objects


One half of culture topic - beliefs, actions, ideas


a person who finds food by taking it from an animal that is already dead

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