Supporting your geography students

Resources team
24th October 2019
supporting geography students, scaffolding tools, essay writing, essay planning, reference tools, ks3,ks4,16+,geography

Resources designed to assist learners and help them to demonstrate their subject knowledge

To give your students the greatest chance of success, it is essential to go beyond the teaching of content to making sure that learners can express their understanding clearly in writing. Here is a range of resources that will give your class the tools to logically explain their ideas, support their comprehension and scaffold their responses.

Improving written answers

Develop learners’ geographical terminology and improve the quality of student answers using some of these top scaffold resources. 

Geography command word wheel

For full description check out my blog - https://mrsgeographyblog.wordpress.com/2016/12/02/command-word-wheel/
By MrsGeography16

Geography 'A' Level Exam Essay Paragraph Structure

P.E.A.C.E. (Point, Evidence, A Grade Explanation, Criticism, Evaluate) Get your students using this guide to writing paragraphs in their 'A&' Level geography exams especially with WJEC. Inspired by my own A-Level Geography Teacher. It really does maximise your students potential if they know how to use it correctly. It will improve the speed of their writing in the exam, the structure of their essays and gives every opportunity for them to show off.
By J Tomlinson

Improving extended writing in Geography

Connectives will help students progress through the levels by helping them develop their extended writing. Posters designed to be displayed in KS3 (though could be used for older and younger children) classrooms.
By blackfriary

A Level Geography essay writing technique cheat sheet

A bullet point tick list guide taking students through introductions, main essay body and conclusions, complete with examples of each. Was used as a basis for my lecture on A Level exam technique at The Training Partnerships geography conference for Sixth Form.
By Naomi Moore

Geography Spelling Wall Display

Commonly misspelled words display to help improve literacy in the classroom.

By ellie_kealey

Geography Concepts PEEL sentence starters

For lower literacy students, sentence starters to help formulate cohesive academic paragraph writing.
By kellyeyechase

Reference tools

Check out this selection of reference tools designed to check student understanding, stretch and challenge more able students and promote independent learning. 

Edexcel GCSE Geography A (9-1) Checklist

This is a checklist listing most:
- Keywords
- Case studies
- Examples
- Skills
needed for the GCSE Geography A (9-1) Exam. This is meant to be used as a revision tick list for students and not a summary of all of the topics. Specific details of fieldwork will be based on your own fieldwork activities.

I hope you find this useful.
By rworrell

GEOGRAPHICAL SKILLS CARDS

A set of cards that can be copied in colour and laminated to keep in your classroom to help when doing mapwork. I made these some time ago to have as a reference tool during sections of coursework that the students were to have little teacher input in.
By blackfriary

The GCSE Geography Stretch and Challenge Generator

Never before has stretching and challenging the thinking of your students been so simple and so effective. With the GCSE Geography Stretch and Challenge Generator you can push the thinking of your students at the click of a button - no planning required!

Containing over 100 challenge tasks and questions mapped to the curriculum, this fantastic tool will engage and excite your students as they get to select a challenge at random by clicking one of the icons on the fourth slide.

Alternatively, why not use the tasks and questions as pre-planned extension activities? Simply drop them into your existing lessons and be certain that you are consistently differentiating for the most able.

However you choose to use it, you can guarantee that the GCSE Geography Stretch and Challenge Generator will make pushing the thinking of your students easier than ever before. High challenge, great progress and big thinking will be a feature of every lesson you teach!
By mikegershon

Spelling in Geography (commonly misspelt words)

A list of common spelling errors in Geography. I have underlined the parts of the words where the errors tend to occur. This could be placed inside the cover of exercise books, for display or for a spelling test prep.

By cazbot28

AQA Geography 9-1: Challenge grids

For full description check out my blog - https://mrsgeographyblog.wordpress.com/2018/04/22/challenge-grids-9-1-revision/

Challenge grids to select questions to answer to gain points, each question varies with difficulty as do the points. The aim is to get 30 points in total or more.
Topics include living world, natural hazards, coasts, rivers, fieldwork, urban issues, economic development and resources including water.

By MrsGeography16

Where in the World? A Countries Challenge.

Presentation designed for potential use as a starter or a plenary activity in KS3/4 Geography. There is also the potential to be used as providing meaningful work for a “classroom” or cover lesson. For maximum effect presentation should be used on an interactive board or large screen display. There are 15 different challenges. The challenges become progressively more difficult throughout the presentation. In each challenge the students are presented with 5 clues to a particular country. The students are required to use geographical knowledge and deductive reasoning to identify the nation in as few clues as possible. Use of an Atlas is at the teachers discretion. A companion presentation focussing on great cities of the world is also available.
By 20JET12

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