My top 10 special places to see in the world
Thanks to Tony Cassidy
of Kirk Hallam Community Technology College for his idea to work
with web cams to explore personal geography. It uses a site www.earthcamforkids.com
Webcams on the
world is a word document to download homework [out of lesson
activity] that he has set up for his KS3 pupils. The crucial thing
is if they all pick rich English speaking locations that you discuss why
that might be. Perceptions are real and hard geography.
its 50 Things to do before you die
have heard of 50 places to see, now its things to do.
Mike Lythgoe, Key Stage 3 National Strategy, Teaching and Learning
Consultant (FS) from Blackburn with Darwen has added these to the
BBC 50 things ideas.doc
for teaching ideas
BBC 50 things.doc for
the list as a word document
The original website is http://www.bbc.co.uk/50/destinations/things/
and you can create your own list.
50 places to see
Oliver Stokes, a student from Keele
University was on teaching practice at Fair Oak High School in
Rugeley, when he used the 50 places to visit idea with Y8 and Y9
pupils. They were asked to create a PowerPoint presentation to
their top three places that
they wish to visit in a life time. Oliver used this presentation about the
Grand Canyon, as a
stimulus. Thanks to Oliver and Gary Dawson for this work. Examples of
pupils work can be found here: I am impressed with their choice of places
and their reasons and hope their dreams come true!
Jack and Tom;
Laura and Hanna;
Nicky and Loz; and one that only has the name Evans
50 places to see before you die
Nik Griffith from Liverpool
offered this worksheet based
on the BBC programme www.bbc.co.uk/50/
His form's top five were as follows:
1 New York
2 Amazon Rainforest
4 Great Barrier Reef
5 Niagara Falls
The spatial distribution of these places is interesting in
itself. How might it compare with the spatial distribution of
places encountered in our geography curriculum. The nature of
the places chosen too. It just goes to show that the natural
wonders of the world should still be part of geography. Number 1
and 2 are landscapes. 4 Waterfalls are featured. We should not
underestimate the pull of large cities too, with three being in the
top 10. How about having a vote amongst your pupils and seeing
if there are any differences? It would also make a great
introduction to a global tourism unit. How else might it
to Fiona Hart of English Martyrs School, Hartlepool for the list as
word documents. Get the pupils to predict the top 10.
The list and the
cards for sorting. I have this vision of top 20 places in the
geography curriculum that has inspired you to want to go.
The local is global
We are defined as much by our connections to different
people and places as we are by our identity and the place we live.
Download this simple sheet 'How
are we connected to other places?' to explore the personal geography
of the young people in our charge. Above all when you complete these they
show that our local place is global too.
Brian Lewis and the department at St John Fisher RC High
School, Newcastle-under-Lyme asked pupils in year 9 to research a place[s]
in the world that they might be interested in going. He asked them
to respond in whatever way they liked. Occasionally open ended tasks
allow young people to express themselves. Some of the creativity is
impossible to represent on a website, but there were books, posters and
artwork. The classrooms looked fantastic.
Tsang's 15mb PowerPoint presentation which will allow you to consider
an approach using the internet and ICT. What is geography if
it is not education to develop thoughtful travellers who are lovers of
Planet Earth and its infinite variety? This was particularly interesting
as it allowed her to reflect on her own cultural roots.
Diane Truman and Steve Thomas of
Cardinal Griffin RC High School, Cannock, have devised one way of
helping new entrants to the school focus on their personal
geographies and building on these as they start their secondary
geography education. The Griffin Geography Passport is given to Year
7 pupils at the start of Key Stage 3 and forms a record of places
The full story &
downloadable file here!