**This is the chapter slice "Human and Environmental Interactions Gr. 5-8" from the full lesson plan "Europe"** Journey to the ancient centers of culture and trade with a trip to Europe. Understand the variety of ecosystems that inhabit the continent with a climate map. Gain a sense of direction by identifying the European cities that are found in the western and eastern hemispheres. Do some research into the famed Thames river and find out how long it is, which countries it passes through, and into which large body of water it flows into. Learn about the accident at Chernobyl and what negative effect it had on the environment. Find out why trains are an important form of transportation in Europe. Compare the physical characteristics of Provence and the Scottish highlands using a Venn diagram. Find the location of the Prime Meridian on an outline map and name the countries in Europe that it passes through. Aligned to your State Standards and the Five Themes of Geography, additional maps, crossword, word search, comprehension quiz and answer key are also included.