Unit Planning and Functional Activities
A GEOGRAPHY UNIT is a meaningful body of subject matter that is so organized with appropriate learning activities as to lead to the mastery of a major geographic understanding. A major geographic understanding involves the ability of an individual to interpret or explain the relationships between man and the natural environment in a specific region, or in specific types of activities. To gain a major understanding involves the mastery of numerous concepts and the ability to see their interrelationships.
A concept is an idea. It may be concrete or abstract. A concrete concept is the idea of a thing which can be comprehended by the senses from immediate experience, such as a tree, stream, rain, house, and so forth. An abstract concept involves ideas of qualities or attributes; "states of being" rather than "being." There is also a difference in the complexity of geographic concepts. Ideas with reference to features of the landscape, for instance, may refer to concrete particulars, such as a hill, river, grass, and the like. Conceptions of states of action or activity are more complex and less concrete, such as plowing, building a house, irrigating a field, wind blowing, and so forth. These complex concepts are formed by re-