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Christmas Atlas Skills - Geography
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Christmas Atlas Skills - Geography

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Fun and visually attractive, this Christmas themed atlas work sheet is great for end of term group activities. All you need is an atlas. A double sided Christmas themed activity sheet. Activities include: finding capital cities, finding countries, locating oceans, using data sets, drawing flags and using geographic language to describe locations - most with a festive theme. Also: draw a snowman, draw a Christmas tree and name all nine of Santa's reindeer. Included is a display slide with learning objectives and outcomes, an activity slide with instructions, teacher notes and a lesson plan. This resource was featured by the TES in their blog last year, and recieved a 5* review.
Geography - The Africa Challenge
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Geography - The Africa Challenge

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Ideal for KS3, but could be used with KS4. Introduce the continent of Africa and develop their spatial awareness of this massive continent. These activities will help students develop their understanding about Africa as a continent of many countries. The main activity is a challenge, where students use clues to work out where African countries are – not as easy as it seems! There are also several extension questions which require students to use geographical language. Ideal as an individual, paired or group activity. Competitive element. Develops spatial awareness and geographical language skills. As of the 16th February, all of our premium resources have received a 5/5* review.
Urban issues and challenges - The emergence of megacities
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Urban issues and challenges - The emergence of megacities

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AQA GCSE Geography - Unit 2 Section A - Urban issues and challenges - The emergence of megacities An activity packed and differentiated lesson teaching students about the characteristics of a megacity, their growth and their location. Included is a wide range of resources which can be applied in many ways. Whole lesson > Key concept starter > Discussion prompts > Key ideas > Map/distribution activity > Graph skills > Photo analysis > Exam style questions > Class discussion > Learning evaluation > Summary activity > Homework > Lesson plan > Teacher notes > Fully resourced > Visually attractive and ready to teach! The main aim is… To teach students about the characteristics of a mega city, their location, their growth (and reasons for it) To link to key concepts such as urbanisation and migration. Make it clear ‘world cities’ share many of the same characteristics – it’s the population, the magic number, which makes it a mega city. Statistics and population data vary. For example, Paris has a population a little over 2 million, however, in some figures a wider area is taken into account. Make this clear to the students. The emphasis should really be on the growth (the emergence) of megacities in NEE’s. Key ideas and content… Mega cities have a population of over 10 million people. They have similar characteristics – similar to those of world cities. Their emergence is mostly in Asia and more recently, Africa. There is a pattern! The number of mega cities has grown significantly over the last 50 years. Rural-urban migration and natural increase are driving rapid urbanisation in LIC/NEE’s. To differentiate… Several activities have been differentiated already – use sheets as appropriate. Discuss and model the exam style questions. Allow independent / group thinking time for the discussion. Provide the key terms as a checklist when answering questions. To extend… Students can add information / data to the maps. The data could be presented in different ways. Actual examples can be added to the photo analysis activity. Students could develop their own mark scheme for the exam style questions. To assess… Use the exam style questions as an assessment opportunity. Assess the distribution description to assess distribution questions.
Geography - Atlas Scavenger Hunt 1
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Geography - Atlas Scavenger Hunt 1

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Whole lesson with instructions and teacher notes. Ideal for end of term. The main aim is… For students to work independently, using an atlas in several different ways to find out information about their chosen countries. It will also develop their spatial awareness, and skills in using geographical language. Key ideas and content… We can use an atlas in lots of ways, to find out lots of different kinds of information. Atlases contain a lot of information, but there are ways to find things out very quickly. Print in A3 - double sided.
Geography - Living in squatter settlement - Activity sheets
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Geography - Living in squatter settlement - Activity sheets

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Two activity sheets intended to be used as part of a lesson. The theme of the lesson should be along the lines of ‘Life in a squatter settlement’, and could be taught with KS3 or KS4 students. Resource 1: the effects on peoples lives The main aim is for students to appreciate how the conditions / characteristics of a squatter settlement affect people’s lives. The task is for students to complete the sheet in a few different ways. There are nine problems / effects associated with living in a squatter settlement. For each effect, they must list the associated problems, and for several, also draw the problem. Ask the students the question – how would this affect your life if you lived there? There will be some repetition. There are three blank cards as well, these are intended for higher ability students, or for the teacher to edit so as to include a problem which may be appropriate to the theme of their teaching. Higher ability students can cut the cards out afterwards and glue them in their exercise books – this is an opportunity to identify links between the problems. There are several, and the whole activity is very open ended. Students could also sort their ideas into social, political and economic – they could use three different colours and a key to show this. There are some answers on the next sheet, although there are many more. Resource 2: the informal economy of a squatter settlement The main aim is for students to appreciate how people can earn money within a squatter settlement. The focus should be on how the work is informal and doesn’t contribute to the tax base / official figures. This kind of work can be contained within a squatter settlement, but not necessarily so. This is an opportunity to draw a strong link to rural-urban migration; how the residents are often uneducated and unskilled, but wanting and needing to work. The task is simple, for each form of employment, the student must draw an appropriate illustration. Model for lower ability, ask higher ability to include speech bubbles, or some form of written communication. Use as an opportunity to clear up any misunderstanding about what each term means. All reviews for our paid resources have been 5/5* (as of March 19th 2017)
Geography - Map skills - Direction
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Geography - Map skills - Direction

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Geography - Map skills - Direction A complete lesson with a range of activities and resources aimed at teaching students how to use direction as a geographical skill. Students will apply the skill in several different ways as well as develop their spatial understanding of Europe. Complete lesson > thoroughly resourced and ready to teach > snappy starter > explainers > SPaG activity > practise questions > varied map activities > peer assessment > summary activity > teacher notes > lesson plan > lesson evaluation > homework The main aim is… For students to learn / apply skills in describing direction. To develop a spatial understanding of Europe. Key ideas and content… There are 8 points to the compass (as far as we’re concerned for today anyway) We use direction to describe location / journeying. Direction can be used by many different people in different situations. To differentiate… Students could take turns doing the countries / cities activities and then swap to help each other. One student in a pair could have the map or atlas and act as an expert. Pair up students when doing the map work. To extend… Use an OS map of the local area, Google Earth, an Atlas or online mapping to explore places. Use the homework template and a local map / online mapping to explore geographical features in the local area (using direction obviously). Certainly use the CYO task and encourage students to think about how they can test understanding / get students to apply map skills beyond simply describing. To assess… The road trip / CYO activity is the main assessment point. Class discussion and the summary activity will also show progress and allow you to assess understanding. www.acornteachingresources.com
Geography - Geographical skills - Sketching (field and from photos)
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Geography - Geographical skills - Sketching (field and from photos)

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A range of practice activities to help students develop their sketching technique. Designed for the new AQA 1-9, but is relevant to other specifications and year groups. The lesson would be particularly useful to a GCSE group before they do their fieldwork, and will also be suitable for a KS3 class. There are also detailed 'key points' so students understand why they need to know how to sketch, and what technique makes it effective. On top of the field sketching there is a focus on application of key terms. The lesson has a range of visual resources, all relevant to the new 1-9 GCSE. A free wallchart is available to download at https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/geography-geographical-skills-sketching-wall-display-11486949 The main aim is… To develop and practice field sketching / sketching from photographs technique. To effectively annotate and label sketches to show understanding. Key ideas and content… This is a practical lesson which would benefit from lots of student interaction and discussion. There are links to content, but it would work without – solely as a sketching lesson. To differentiate… Use the resources with the picture above a blank box for weaker groups. Focus on the same photos. Print the checklist. Display the photos on the board and discuss as a class. To extend… This lesson could be used several times in the same format. The teacher can add their own photos. Take the class on a local visit to practice the technique. Provide word banks for annotations. To assess… Peer assessment is woven into the main activity. Teacher should be able to see visual progress with the quality of sketching and level of annotations. All reviews for our premium resources have been 5/5 (as of 17th January 2017) www.acornteachingresources.com
Geography - Easter Atlas Skills (scavenger hunt activity sheet)
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Geography - Easter Atlas Skills (scavenger hunt activity sheet)

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Geography - Easter Atlas Skills (scavenger hunt activity sheet) A double sided worksheet intended to use with pairs and small groups - all they need is an Atlas or two. Teacher notes are included with some suggestions. Basically, they are required to use an Atlas in several ways to find out a range of information (some of which is linked to Easter). There are a few other activities on the sheet (such as design an Easter egg). Great for end of term activities, and will work with KS3 and KS4 students. All reviews for our premium products have been 5/5* (As of February 21st 2017).
KS3 Geography - Settlement - 1 - Choosing a site
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KS3 Geography - Settlement - 1 - Choosing a site

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Whole lesson with all resources included. Learning objective: To learn why sites for settlements were chosen. A range of activities allow students to develop their understanding about how we choose sites / physical features for settlements. Whole lesson: Starter Discussion prompts Two main activities Plenary activity Lesson evaluation Homework activity Teacher plan Teacher notes All resources
Urban issues and challenges - Factors affecting the rate of urbanisation
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Urban issues and challenges - Factors affecting the rate of urbanisation

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AQA Geography Urban issues and challenges - Factors affecting the rate of urbanisation A whole lesson (possibly a double) which teaches students how rural-urban migration, and natural increase, is driving rapid urbanisation in LIC’s and NEE’s. There are a range of activities, and varied resources to aid in the teaching. A visual explainer has been included. All resources are ready to go. Whole lesson > Key concept starter > Discussion prompts > Key ideas > Card sort > Photo analysis > Exam style questions > Class discussion > Learning evaluation > Summary activity > Homework > Lesson plan > Teacher notes > Fully resourced > Visually attractive and ready to teach!
Urban issues and challenges - Mumbai (population growth)
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Urban issues and challenges - Mumbai (population growth)

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GCSE Geography - Urban issues and challenges -Mumbai (population growth) A fully resourced and differentiated case study lesson. Students explore the pattern of Mumbai’s population growth and then use information to explain the growth in the context of rural-urban migration and natural increase. Whole lesson > Visual mind-map activity > Discussion prompts > Key ideas > Graph activities > Photo analysis > Exam style questions > Visual explainers > Class discussion > Learning evaluation > Summary activity > Homework > Lesson plan > Teacher notes > Fully resourced > Visually attractive and ready to teach! The main aim is… For students to describe the scale of population growth in their NEE case study of Mumbai. To explain the growth (link to rural-urban migration and natural increase) specific to Mumbai. To understand how rural-urban migration and natural increase are driving urbanisation in their city Key ideas and content… Rural – urban migration drives population growth Population growth drives natural increase Most migrants are young (natural increase) Mumbai is a dominant and important city which attracts migrants (rural-urban migration) The growth of Mumbai can be explained by a series of events in the history of the city Rural-urban migration and natural increase are linked NEE’s are likely to experience rapid urbanisation / population grown in cities because of their socio-economic contrasts To differentiate… Use the differentiated resources as appropriate. Include discussion prompts and time the lesson accordingly To extend… Students can peer assess / improve their exam questions or photo analysis answers. Change/adapt the exam style questions Students can develop their own questions with mark schemes. Higher ability should be given the opportunity to link the statements about Mumbai to one another To assess… The photo analysis offers some assessment opportunity if a focus is given to linking concept/theory to what’s happening in Mumbai The line/bar graphs aren’t suitable in terms of content, however as a skill they could be assessed for accuracy The exam style questions offer a summative assessment opportunity for the lesson.
KS3 Geography - Settlement - 2 - Settlement function
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KS3 Geography - Settlement - 2 - Settlement function

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Whole lesson with all resources included. Learning objective: To describe different settlement functions. A range of activities allow students to develop their understanding about how settlements have a particular function, how this function might change over time and how it is linked to the physical environment. Whole lesson: Starter Discussion prompts Two main activities Plenary activity Lesson evaluation Homework activity Teacher plan Teacher notes All resources - differentiated worksheets
Types of rainfall (animations and activity sheets)
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Types of rainfall (animations and activity sheets)

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Types of rainfall (animations and activity sheets) These are lesson elements intended to be used in the teaching of weather/climate and types of rainfall. - Three colourful animations to introduce / teach convectional, frontal and relief rainfall. - Three activity sheets with diagrams / written work. - Three outline activity sheets which can be used with higher ability students, or to assess. All reviews for our premium resources have been 5/5 (As of February 20th 2017)
Geography - Natural hazards - Convection currents in the mantle
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Geography - Natural hazards - Convection currents in the mantle

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"Differentiated activity sheet to include as part of teaching how convection currents occur in the mantle. The end result is a colourful and sequenced diagram." An activity requiring students to draw an annotated diagram to show how and why convection currents occur in the mantel. The sheet has several activities built around this including; labeling the key features, adding arrows, explaining the processes, including a title and colouring it in. There are three versions to suit higher, middle and lower ability groups / students.
Geography - Design an Easter Egg (with a geographical theme)
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Geography - Design an Easter Egg (with a geographical theme)

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End of term group activity to design an Easter egg with a geographical theme. Will work as one lesson (with only the design proposal sheet completed) or two lessons (with completed designs on the templates). Competitive element. The group worksheet also has a 'Things we now know' to show progress'. The teams have to work together to research and design an Easter egg with a geographical theme, this could be a place, landmark or something they've learned in lesson (more options given in lesson). All resources are included. There is a pin board style slide to leave on the screen. Laptops and atlases aren't essential, but will certainly help with the research (one per group). www.acornteachingresources.com All reviews for our paid products have been 5/5 (As of January 15th 2017).
KS3 Geography - Activity - Migration - Push and pull factors
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KS3 Geography - Activity - Migration - Push and pull factors

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KS3 Geography - Activity - Migration - Push and pull factors A card sort activity which introduces / describes a range of push and pull factors and provides opportunity to explore links between them and how some factors are social, economic or environmental. Activity Aims and objectives Resources Display slide Teacher notes