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Geography resources for KS3 & 4.
Human Planet - Arctic
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Human Planet - Arctic

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A double question sheet to accompany the Arctic episode of Human Planet. The reverse has differentiated questions for pupils to complete before and after watching the programme. There are questions for pupils to complete whilst watching the programme which cover; hunting the Greenland shark, collecting mussels, hunting the little auk, and the polar bears of Churchill. I’ve glossed over narwhal and reindeer.
Edexcel Geog B Topic 1 revision sheets
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Edexcel Geog B Topic 1 revision sheets

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Revision sheets for Topic 1 (to be copied onto A3). Three sheets, with tasks groups by enquiry question. These can be completed in school or at home as standalone sheets or then be used by students to make mind maps or flash cards.
End of Year/Topic Quiz
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End of Year/Topic Quiz

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A quiz that I've made to use at the end of Year 9. But might also suit the end of Development Dynamics for Edexecel B. This follows my popular Christmas Quiz and Geography end of year quiz Contains 5 rounds: Country Catchphrase, Developed, emerging or developing, Flags, Life expectancy, Landmarks - what's the country? Places emphasis on SPAG with bonus points for pupils who remember the basics.
Development Dynamics - keywords crosswords Edexcel Geography B (9-1)
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Development Dynamics - keywords crosswords Edexcel Geography B (9-1)

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A series of crosswords and word searches written using key words from the Development Dynamics Topic. Two different crosswords - the first has general key terms (GDP, GNI, HDI etc) the second has more specific vocabulary (top-down, bottom-up, TNC, FDI). Wordsearches have clues to the single words hidden inside (developed, emerging, political, social etc) rather than just the answers to get pupils thinkings. Answers to all puzzles are included. I suggest these can be used as starters, homework or revision.
Blank postcard
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Blank postcard

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A blank postcard that can be used for a variety of purposes. Blank on one side, the other side has stamp, franking mark, bar code, lines for the address, vertical line through the middle and the word POSTCARD. Nice as a back to school activity to catch up with what students did over the summer
Grammar & vocabulary - Improving setting and speech
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Grammar & vocabulary - Improving setting and speech

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A lesson on 'show, don't tell' to up level speech and vocabulary, thereby making work more interesting to the reader. Uses the concept of paint charts to encourage students to make more interesting word choices for said as the the colours get darker. This is then applied to a series of settings where students need to show what is happening rather than just tell. Includes models of what students can aim for. Resources: Paint charts with alternatives for said (asked, whispered, cried, shouted, begged, laughed) Presentation with modelled examples at different levels.
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 - 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
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?
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
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
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
Geography Introduction - what is Geography (human and physical)
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Geography Introduction - what is Geography (human and physical)

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An introduction to Geography for Year 7 - students are introduced to the concept of human and physical geography, using photos around our school (you could substitute your own). Students then divide a page in half and draw examples of human and physical geography. A nice early lesson with a pleasing outcome.
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.
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.
Seasons of the UK
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Seasons of the UK

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I had so many photos of the seasons I decided to use them. Encourages the children to think about the seasons in the UK and how they change. It's worth getting them to realise that not all countries have 4 distinct seasons. Perhaps a nice homework to get them to find out about seasons in other countries?
Formation of stacks and stumps - the playdoh movie!
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Formation of stacks and stumps - the playdoh movie!

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Following lessons on erosion and weathering, and coastal landforms and before an assessment, students wrote scripts about the formation of stacks and stumps. They then used playdoh to make models, which they filmed using start stop animation to make movies. The results were amazing (and their understanding really thorough!).
Extended writing - assessment on the formation of stacks and stumps
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Extended writing - assessment on the formation of stacks and stumps

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The new orders for Geography state 'communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.' Therefore I have been giving extended questions this year; this is one of them. This followed several lessons on; erosion and weathering, coastal features (including finding on an OS map) and formation of stacks & stumps (including making them out of playdoh to make movies!). Planning sheet and success criteria included.