Megacities: The Emergence of Megacities

AQA GCSE Geography lesson for the new specification Unit 2A: In this lesson we look at the emergence of megacities and the reasons for urbanisation.

We start with a quick photo starter of Tokyo. We introduce the two concepts of natural increase and rural-urban migration. The pupils have a worksheet to fill in regarding push/pull factors, firstly adding their own ideas, then with some input from the teacher, then they categorise into social, economic and environmental.

We then look at megacities, with a introductory video. the pupils then plot the location of the megacities as of 2018 using longitude and latitude coordinates. The pupils then have some extension tasks around their map. We then have a brief interlude to consider what living in a megacity might be like and watch a short clip on Tokyo and living in such a high density population. We then finish with a comparison of a map showing megacities from 1975 and answer a GCSE-style question.

In a nutshell lesson includes:

Photo starter
Video clip
Push/pull worksheet exercise with questions.
Long & lat skills task followed by map interpretation.
Video of Tokyo
GCSE-style question using map with guidance
Plenary quiz

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Created: Feb 21, 2020

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