Thinking through Geography
Much of this work has been sent to us by
teachers inspired by David Leat and Adam Nichols' work in
Thinking Through Geography and More Thinking Through Geography. You should buy
the books to understand the principles from
Publishing. Thank you to all who have contributed ....
The activities will
include mysteries, card sorts, dominoes, most likely to, living graphs
etc. I have sorted them into typical geographical themes which I hope
you will find useful to find the activity you are looking for! You can
also use the search
Generic Thinking Skills
materials remain in this page.
tools and tasks
Thank you to Kent Polley, Thomas Becket Catholic School,
Northampton, for sending in some enquiry tasks
out of your seats geography!
Find someone who ... Has used some thinking skills can be used at
the start, in the middle or at the end of a lesson; the activity is
easily adapted and the questions can be changed according to
the local situation. Gary Dawson, Fair Oak Academy, Rugeley, Staffs.
level statements have
been used year 8 to do peer assessments based on living graph
exercises, the kids really found them useful (levels 3 to 5) so have
attempted to increase their use with year 9. We always ask the kids to
stick the graph being used across a double page and add reasons for
putting the statements where they do. We go through the levels before
and model so the kids know what to aim for, this is then followed by a
peer assessment. Pupils are then given the opportunity to improve one
statement based on their peers comments. It seems to work best with
climate graphs although it could be adapted for other living graphs so
long as they have figures that can be used and explained. Nicola Carey,
Aylward School, Edmonton,
Renshaw, Roundhill Community College Leicester, has sent this
Thinking Skills word mat, to help students with the debrief process.
Don't forget the
Mats on this site!
This Venn Diagram is useful for summarising at the end of
case study topic. The 3 circles can divide up for example
Social, Economic, Environmental issues; or Local, Regional,
International; or Short Medium and Long term effects.
It could be enlarged to A3 and
/ or laminated to make a mini whiteboard if you wish. Thanks to
Jon Blackwall, Hounslow Manor School.
KWL is a popular starter
This KWL grid can be used at the start and then end of an
individual lesson or unit. It could be enlarged to A3 and / or
laminated to make a mini whiteboard if you wish. Thanks to Jon Blackwall, Hounslow Manor School.
has developed a few thinking skills activities for younger
pupils, including card sorting activities and mysteries.
Lecturer in Curriculum Geography, Coordinator of Teaching and
Learning at St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9
telephone: 00 353 1884 2235
There are some examples of Thinking Skills activities to support the
More Thinking through Geography book on the
This page last
03 April 2012