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Geography resources for KS3 & 4.
Food miles - design a menu and discover how many miles it travels
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Food miles - design a menu and discover how many miles it travels

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This lesson is designed to encourage students to think about where our food comes from and how far it has travelled. Students need food cards which have a photo of food on one side and what it is/where it comes from on the reverse (photocopy food cards sheets back to back and cut up in envelopes) so that they can design their own menu. There is a wide variety of foods with enough choices for all diets and any cards can be omitted for religious reasons. They then map where the food came from and measure the distance travelled to work out the total number of food miles. Results are often very surprising! Resources: Food cards which have a photo of food on one side and what it is/where it comes from on the reverse (photocopy food cards sheets back to back and cut up in envelopes) Royalty free map Presentation for lesson with extension tasks Table to record food miles
Population - Play your life expectancy right!
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Population - Play your life expectancy right!

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PowerPoint game based on play your cards right format, but for life expectancy. Students are shown life expectancy for first country and then have to work out, using prior knowledge, if the next country will be higher or lower. Great fun, has always worked well with classes and gets them thinking! Comments welcomed!!
End of Year Quiz
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End of Year Quiz

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Exactly what is says on the tin - an end of year quiz for Geography - country catchphrase, capital cities, flags, MEDC or LEDC, hot desert or cold desert and birth rates. Easily adaptable or pick up and run with it!
BBC Planet Earth - Jungles
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BBC Planet Earth - Jungles

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Question sheet to accompany the Jungles episode from Planet Earth. I strongly recommend you stop watching the DVD at 45 minutes before the chimpanzees fight.
An introduction to Geography - Personal Geography
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An introduction to Geography - Personal Geography

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An introduction for Year 7 (can be used with other year groups) to encourage the students to think about their place in the world. Uses a series of concentric circles for students to make their own personal geography; smallest circle is their house, followed by settlement, county, country, continent and then finally in the largest circle, the world. Produces an excellent outcome, and a useful point of reference for future lessons. Includes; powerpoint lesson to follow Worksheet for student to make their own personal geography. Speeded up video of how to make
Christmas Geography Quiz 2015
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Christmas Geography Quiz 2015

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An updated version of my Geography Quiz from a couple of years ago. Includes rounds like; country catchphrase, where did Santa leave his presents and where is Santa's hat (world landmarks). Enjoy!
Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan - DARTs
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Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan - DARTs

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A DARTs (Directed Activity Related to Text) regarding the Earthquake and Tsunami on 11th March, uses CBBC Newsround. Suggest students then write a blog, some of ours went on the the school VLE.
A Question of Japan
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A Question of Japan

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A starter or plenary for studying Japan - students work in teams (house groups works well, if you have them). Students choose a number - an image of Japan appears for 1 point students can identify it, for 2 points - can they come up with the UK equivalent - you may want to change the image of the castle from Carisbrooke - we're on the IOW
Human or Physical - Japan
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Human or Physical - Japan

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Sheets need to be cut up and put into numbered envelopes. Students work in groups and are assigned a number. They take one card, and using the information sheet find out the answer. When they have checked their answer and are right, they can take another card. When students have all cards, they sort them into human or physical
Language and Vocabulary - Gothic Fiction labels
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Language and Vocabulary - Gothic Fiction labels

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A series of labels that can be used to encourage students to find better vocabulary. Each resource is a sheet of the same word that can be printed on labels and stuck in books for students to find alternative vocabulary either with a thesaurus or by themselves. Always a successful starter activity. Made for Avery A4 & A5 L7161
Gothic Fiction - The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
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Gothic Fiction - The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

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Two sets of dominoes for some of the difficult language in The Raven - each card has a word on one side and a definition of a different word on the other side. Students start with START card and first word and then try to find definitions to help them access the poem on a deeper level.
Language and vocabulary building - Alien busting
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Language and vocabulary building - Alien busting

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A series of sheets that can be printed on labels. Each sheet has one word (nice, sad, old etc) with an alien. The students (either with a thesaurus or from their own vocabulary) has to find alternatives to 'bust' the alien. How many alternative words they have to find is up to you, I usually go for 5. Always a successful starter activity. Made for Avery A4 & A5 sizes, L7161.
Antarctica - Life in the Freezer
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Antarctica - Life in the Freezer

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Question sheet to accompany episode 1 of the BBC programme Life in the Freezer. Focuses on physical geography rather than wildlife e.g. 10. How many miles wide is the largest glacier? 13. How long can an iceberg last?
Comparing earthquakes - Nepal 2015 and San Francisco 1989
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Comparing earthquakes - Nepal 2015 and San Francisco 1989

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Two lessons to encourage students to make comparisons between earthquakes - one in an LEDC and one in an MEDC. Start by with a quiz to identify Nepal, followed with an annotated photograph and DARTs activity. Then using San Francisco 1989 (or choose a different one. I wanted a lot of damage but significantly lower death toll and different effects e.g. fires). Starter - half class answer questions about San Francisco photo and half (including any absentees) look at Nepal. Students then complete an extended answering (using Point, Evidence, Explanation structure) to explain why the effects of earthquakes vary between countries - could use it as an assessment? Please leave a review
Two stars and a wish
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Two stars and a wish

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A nice easy way of children reviewing their learning. Suitable for the end of a lesson or half term. Two versions, one to encourage feedback on how their teacher can help them.
How are deserts different to each other?
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How are deserts different to each other?

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The aim of this lesson was for students to see that not all deserts are hot and sandy. Students start by naming deserts that they know, before distributing an information strip with one desert per student. Students then need to complete their table by finding students who have a desert that is a different type to their own. I was pleased with how well it worked. Children then completed a map about where some of these deserts are located (not included)
Target setting booklets
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Target setting booklets

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I always start units of work with a booklet that says what we're learning about, a space for setting targets, space to review learning, opportunity for an effort level, keywords for the topic. Please feel free to adapt for your own use. I bookend them with two stars and a wish so that exercise books end up with 'chapters', which helps me keep my books organised. Please leave a review.