Wednesday Word of the Week: Boundaries

Boundless Boundaries [All Geography]
Noun. A boundary is a real or imaginary line that separates two things. In geography, boundaries separate different regions of the Earth. There are many different types of boundaries…

2011-09-27_0000249.JPGPhysical Boundary: A physical boundary is a naturally occurring barrier between two areas. Rivers, mountain ranges, oceans, and deserts can all serve as physical boundaries.

Political Boundary: Political boundaries are the dividing lines between countries, states, provinces, counties, and cities. These lines, more often called borders, are created by people to separate areas governed by different groups.


Linguistic Boundary: Linguistic boundaries form between areas
where people speak different languages. Major themes surrounding
linguistic boundaries can also be explored in the classroom; check out Crossing Boundaries Through Bi-Iingual, Spoken-word Poetry, an awesome activity from our partners at Thinkfinity and the International Reading Association.

2011-11-27_1251422.JPGEconomic Boundary: Economic boundaries divide people with different incomes or levels of wealth.

Social Boundary: Social boundaries occur where social differences lead
to unequal access to resources and opportunities. Some of these boundary
issues include race, gender, religion, and physical abilities.

2009-08-12_0000001.JPGPersonal Boundary: Personal boundaries are the physical and emotional
boundaries a person establishes around himself or herself. You can also
bring the lesson of personal boundaries to your geography classroom with
our lesson plan entitled Define Your Personal Territory.
(National Geographic Education)

Photo Credits: Tamas Szinyei (Your Shot), Lester Garcia (Your Shot), Jasper David (Your Shot)
–Julia for My Wonderful World

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