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I am a Geography specialist who has also been teaching GCSE history for the past few years. I have uploaded some lessons for History and Geography. I hope people find them useful.

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I am a Geography specialist who has also been teaching GCSE history for the past few years. I have uploaded some lessons for History and Geography. I hope people find them useful.
Climate Change: The Effects of Climate Change
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Climate Change: The Effects of Climate Change

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AQA GCSE Geography lesson for the new specification Unit 1A: In this fourth lesson in the section we look at the effects of climate change around the world. We start with a quote from Great Thunberg and the pupils discuss whether they think she is right that we should be panicking about climate change and its impacts. We then look briefly at climate change impacts in the UK where the pupils will annotate a map of the UK using information from a video clip. We then look at the impacts worldwide, the pupils will be given an A3 sheet with a map surrounded by the impacts, they first locate the region the where the impact will be felt, rate the seriousness of the impact and then categorise each one as either social, economic, environmental or political. Using the information they have now gathered they write a response to Greta Thunberg’s quote using evidence from the lesson. We finish with a post-it plenary using a 2-mark question from the 2019 exam. In a nutshell lesson includes: Discussion starter over Greta Thunberg Quote Annotated diagram of the impacts on the UK A3 map task on the effects of climate change worldwide Video clips where appropriate GCSE-style question plenary Hope this saves you some valuable planning time. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
Coasts: Hard Engineering
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Coasts: Hard Engineering

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AQA GCSE Geography lesson for the new specification Unit 1C: In this lesson we look at types of hard engineering and where they are best applied. The starter is a quiz where the pupils need to select the squares that have a depositional landform. There are sound effects too so it’s all very exciting. We begin by looking at why certain areas of the coast need protecting and what factors go into consideration when planners are deciding whether or not to protect the coastline. The pupils are then given some information cards and a worksheet to fill in on the different types of hard engineering, they also have a visual scale to shade in for each one according to it’s effectiveness and durability, cost and sustainability. This can be done in a number of ways (group work, round the room, carousel etc). We then seek to apply this knowledge though the pupils completing a decision making exercise. This is based on a fictional town (Sandytown). The town has been divided into zones, the pupils read the information on each zone and decide what type fo hard engineering that zone needs and justify this. We finish with a 6 mark question on hard engineering with some guidance on how they can answer this. In a nutshell lesson includes: Interactive starter quiz on depositional landforms. Video clip. Hard engineering worksheet with visual scale. Decision making exercise activity. 6-mark GCSE-style question with guidance should the pupils need it. Hope this saves you some valuable planning time. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
Sustainable Management of Tropical Rainforests
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Sustainable Management of Tropical Rainforests

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For AQA GCSE Geography. You need the Oxford AQA GCSE Geography Textbook for the new specification The lesson includes. Photo interpretation starter. Questioning activity Video clips Large A3 worksheet with a variety of different activities covering the required content. Plenary activity. All worksheets for photocopying included. Hope this helps. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
Coasts: Types of Waves
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Coasts: Types of Waves

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AQA GCSE Geography lesson for the new specification Unit 1C: In this lesson we look at how waves are formed and different types of waves. We start with a differentiated photo starter where the pupils can create questions for themselves or the teacher to answer on coastal erosion. We then introduce waves by watching big wave surfers at Nazare in Portugal. This is where the largest onshore waves in the world are found. The pupils then make an annotated step by step guide to how ripples turn into large waves. We then look at what happens when the waves arrive on-shore. The pupils make an annotated diagram. We then look at constructive and destructive waves. The pupils make pop-up versions of both wave types to go into their books with annotations. We finish we a simple 4-mark question on the differences between constructive and destructive waves with some guidance. In a nutshell lesson includes: Photo interpretation question creator starter Annotated step by step diagrams of wave formation Diagram of the process of waves breaking Pop-up destructive and constructive waves. Video clips where appropriate GCSE-style question with guidance Hope this saves you some valuable planning time. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
Hot Deserts: Causes of Desertification
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Hot Deserts: Causes of Desertification

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AQA GCSE Geography lesson. The lesson is at least 1 hour, but can be shortened of lengthened easily. We start by looking at what desertification is and the semi-arid areas that are most at risk from it. We then look at both natural and human factors that causes desertification using factor hexagons. For our example we look at desertification in Badia, Jordan and pupils complete a table which requires them to explain why Badia is at risk. We finsish with a 6 mark exam-style question. Included in the lesson is: Photo interpretation starter Video clip on causes of desertification Activity on causes of desertification Example of Badia in Jordan activity. 6 mark GCSE exam question with guidance. Hope this helps. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
The Black Death: What was the Black Death?
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The Black Death: What was the Black Death?

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Key Stage 3 lesson on the Black Death. In this lesson which is approximately 1 hour, we introduce the disease, the symptoms and practice some source interpretation as well. We start with an enquiry mystery around uncovering a plague pit where the pupils are given more and more information to try to work out what the story behind the burials might be. We then introduce the disease, its origins and how it is transmitted through watching a film clip. We then create an annotated diagram around the outline of a body. The pupils will listen to the symptoms of the Black Death at various stages throughout the illness of a victim. The slides have sound effects that the pupils always enjoy. We then look at a source from medieval times and the pupils answer the question about the sources usefulness. This is supported with a writing frame and some ideas to help the pupils. We then finish by playing the game “would you have survived the plague?”. Here the pupils choose numbers that correspond to actions a medieval person may take to help them avoid catching the plague. Some work and some don’t. In a nutshell included in the lesson is: Time team investigation starter around uncovering a plague pit Video clip on the origins of the plague and symptoms Annotated diagram task around the symptoms Source task for extended writing with writing frame “Would you survive the plague?” Bingo. Hope this saves you valuable planning time. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
King John: Was He Really a Bad King?
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King John: Was He Really a Bad King?

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Key Stage 3 lesson on whether King John deserves the prenom “Bad” King John. The lesson is at least an hour long but can be easily extended into two lessons. We start by looking at an interpretation of John in the Disney movie, the pupils then use a speaking frame to explain what they can glean from the clip. We then move onto a categorising task. The pupils are presented with factual information about John, they have to categories into evidence a him being a good or bad king, they then further categorise into warfare, taxation, religion and role of the individual. The pupils then complete a school report for King John based on the information. We then finish with a question where pupils have to explain to what extent they agree with a statement. Included is: Disney interpretation speaking frame starter Differentiated categorisation task School report task Extended writing task Kingometer plenary. Hope this helps and saves planning time. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
Megacities: The Emergence of Megacities
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Megacities: The Emergence of Megacities

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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 Hope this saves you some valuable planning time. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
Conflict & Tension 1894 - 1918: The Somme
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Conflict & Tension 1894 - 1918: The Somme

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AQA GCSE history lesson on the Battle of The Somme for the Conflict & Tension 1894-1918 unit. We start with a simple retrieval practice quiz. We then introduce Douglas Haig and his warning to British Politicians of the need to accept more losses in order to defeat the Germans. We then look at Rawlinson and Haig’s plan for July 1st. The pupils summarise the stages of the plan and write any concerns they might have about the tactics used. We then have a text analysis of the events of the battle with the pupils highlighting the successes and failures of the allied troops. We then look at the criticism of General Haig for the losses and how the soldiers felt about the offensive. We then complete a battle summary sheet before tackling an exam question. We finish with an Ode to Douglas Haig if there is time. Hope you find this useful and it saves you some planning time. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
Urban Change in the UK: Transport and Urban Greening in London
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Urban Change in the UK: Transport and Urban Greening in London

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AQA GCSE Geography lesson for the new specification Unit 2A: In this lesson we look at how London’s transport strategy and urban greening have improved the quality of life for people living in London. We start with a retrieval practice grid based on previous learning from this section. We then look at the green transport strategies London is adopting. Using an information sheet the pupils fill in sections on an A3 worksheet. We next look at Crossrail, the pupils consider the reasons why Crossrail was needed and the arguments for and against Crossrail before answering some questions on how it will improve quality of life in London. We move onto urban greening, using a video clip we consider the benefits of urban greening and then the pupils create a “London Eye” pie chart which they annotate to show how London is a green city and how it is continuing its urban greening. Once we have completed the diagram we tackle a 6-mark question on how environmental change have led to an increase in the quality of life for people in a HIC city. The pupils do have some help with some points to get them going if they need it. In a nutshell lesson includes: Retrieval practice starter A3 worksheet on transport in London and Crossrail Two urban greening activities. Video clips where appropriate GCSE-style question with guidance Hope this saves you some valuable planning time. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
Urban Change in the UK: Social Inequality in London
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Urban Change in the UK: Social Inequality in London

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AQA GCSE Geography lesson for the new specification Unit 2A: In this lesson we look at how urban change has led to social and economic inequalities in London. The starter is called “perfect paragraph?” The pupils will see a response to a GCSE-style question and need to spot the errors in the paragraph, we then discuss if anything needs adding to the answer. We then look at inequalities in London and we use an Iceberg Analysis to determine causes of social inequalities and short and long terms effects. The short term effects go in the iceberg above the water. The longer term effects go underneath the water. We then consider what indicators could we use to map social deprivation. We use percentage of people on benefits as an indicator and the pupils create a choropleth map of London. We consider the pattern and the pupils look at what the benefits and drawbacks of presenting the data this way is. Once we have completed the diagram we tackle a 6-mark question on social inequalities in a HIC city. I usually do this as a live writing exercise, but there is guidance should the pupils need it. In a nutshell lesson includes: Perfect Paragraph Starter Iceberg analysis of cause and effects of social inequalities Choropleth map activity using percentage of people claiming benefits as an indicator. GCSE-style question with guidance or live writing exercise. Hope this saves you some valuable planning time. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
Rivers: Erosion and Transportation
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Rivers: Erosion and Transportation

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AQA GCSE Geography lesson for the new specification Unit 1C: In this lesson we look at erosion, transportation and deposition. The starter is “which row is the odd one out”. The pupils need to work out which row has an incorrect term in. Just gets them thinking. We then look at erosion and when rivers are eroding more effectively. The pupils learn about vertical and lateral erosion and will be making some diagrams in there exercise books. They then receive a worksheet where the processes of erosion and transportation are illustrated, the pupils use an information slide (or sheet if you prefer) and label the processes on and colour code the area of the diagram where that process is displayed. We then look at how these processes vary as you progress down the long profile of a river. The pupils get another worksheet where they read the labels and draw an appropriate diagram in each box to create an illustrated log profile. We finish with a summarising pyramid plenary. In a nutshell lesson includes: Odd one out starter. Vertical and lateral erosion diagram activity Worksheet on processes of erosion Worksheet activity on processes of erosion along the course of a river Summarising pyramid Hope this saves you some valuable planning time. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
Nigeria: Quality of Life
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Nigeria: Quality of Life

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AQA GCSE Geography lesson for the Nigeria: A Newly Developing Economy section. The lesson is roughly one hour long but can be extended or shortened. We start by considering what quality of life means with a starter task. We then complete an activity which looks at how an improving economy can improve quality of life. We then move onto a skills task which involves the pupils plotting out indicator data for Nigeria and determining what this shows about quality of life in the country over the last 30 years. The pupils complete and extract task on whether all Nigerians have experienced better quality of life then complete a diagram to show what barriers to improving this are still to be overcome. We then conclude with a 6 mark GCSE style question with some guidance for the pupils if they need it. Included is: starter activity on quality of life Annotation task on how improving economy improves quality of life Graphical skills task on indicator data and interpretation questions Extract highlighting and interpretation task. Explanation task on barriers to improving quality of life 6-mark question with guidance and timer Hope this helps. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
Urban Change in the UK: The Importance of London
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Urban Change in the UK: The Importance of London

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AQA GCSE Geography lesson for the new specification Unit 2A: In this lesson we look at both the national and international importance of London. We start with a retrieval practice grid which you can populate with your own questions relevant to topics you have covered. We then do a quick photo interpretation activity on London to get the pupils thinking about why people would visit and what activities are going on in the city. The pupils then consider reasons why London is important. I usually create a spray diagram as a class. We then use some facts about London to organise them on a worksheet on national and international importance. We add any ideas from our spray diagram and then categorise them into social, economic and political. We finish with a 6-mark question on the importance both nationally and internationally on a city in an HIC. the pupils have some guidance on how to answer the question if you wish to use it with them. In a nutshell lesson includes: Retrieval starter quiz Photo interpretation activity Importance of London nationally and internationally worksheet GCSE-style question with guidance on how to respond Hope this saves you some valuable planning time. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
AQA GCSE Geography: Water Management Bundle
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AQA GCSE Geography: Water Management Bundle

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included in the bundle are all the lessons for the AQA Water Management Section of Unit 2C. All the lessons are fully resourced and differentiated. Each is at least 1 hour long (some will be several lessons), include practice questions, video clips were appropriate, photocopying ready to print. key vocab and follow the Oxford textbook. One lesson does use the AQA Oxford Textbook (The Lesotho highland Water Project), but can easily be taught without. Lesson titles in order are: Global Water Supplies The Impact of Water Insecurity How Can Water Supply Be Increased? The Lesotho Highland Water Project Sustainable Water Supplies The Wakel River Basin Project Hope this saves you valuable planning time. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
Reducing the Gap: Tourism in Jamaica
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Reducing the Gap: Tourism in Jamaica

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AQA GCSE Geography lesson on reducing the development gap in Malaysia. ****You will need the Oxford GCSE Geography textbook for AQA. This lesson contains a differentiated a3 worksheet for the pupils to workthrough using the textbook. There is a variety of tasks that the pupils can choose from and some video clips on Jamaica to give the pupils a brief insight into the island. Included are:- Starter activity Video Clips Differentiated Worksheet. Hope this helps. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
Urbanisation: An Increasingly Urban World
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Urbanisation: An Increasingly Urban World

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AQA GCSE Geography lesson for the new specification Unit 2A: In this lesson we look at the increasing number of the global population living in urban areas. We start with a quick quiz on global populations and a video to put global population increase into context for the pupils. We then look at how urbanisation varies around the world by plotting data on a graph. The pupils then describe the trends they have found. We then look at a map of the urban populations around the world and the pupils can tackle several different questions depending on ability. We then discuss how these patterns might be explained. We then answer a GCSE-style question looking at the percentage of people living in urban areas on different continents using a bar chart. The pupils have guidance on how to answer the question if needed. We finish with a plenary quiz where the pupils have to find the countries with an urban population of over 50%. In a nutshell lesson includes: Quiz starter Video clip Graph plotting exercise with questions Map interpretation task GCSE-style question using graph with guidance Plenary quiz. Hope this saves you some valuable planning time. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
Nigeria: A Newly Emerging Economy (NEE)
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Nigeria: A Newly Emerging Economy (NEE)

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AQA GCSE Geography lesson for The Changing Economic World section. Lesson one in the Nigeria SOW. The lesson is over one hour long, but can be adapted. We first look at the location of Nigeria and pupils complete some skills work around describing the location. We then continue to examine Nigeria’s global importance whilst the pupils complete an knowledge organiser. Then using demographic data the pupils examine Nigeria’s population whilst practicing some graphical skills. We then look at the importance of Nigeria in Africa. Included in the lesson is: Differentiated activity on Nigeria’s Location Knowledge organiser on Nigeria’s global importance Graph skills worksheet on Nigeria’s Demographics Activity on Nigeria’s importance in Africa. Hope this helps. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
Conflict & Tension 1894 - 1918: Verdun
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Conflict & Tension 1894 - 1918: Verdun

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AQA GCSE history lesson on the battle of Verdun for the Conflict & Tension 1894-1918 unit. We start with a simple retrieval practice quiz. We then look at the location of Verdun and why the German’s thought that an offensive there would be effective. The pupils watch a video clip and answer questions on Falkenhayn’s plan, we then look at the events of the battle. The pupils read a sample of text and answer the questions relating to the text around the outside. We then move on the the aftermath and the pupils complete a battle summary sheet. There is a source activity and exam practice question. Hope you find this useful and it saves you some planning time. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
Lagos: AQA GCSE Differentiated Revision Map Activity
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Lagos: AQA GCSE Differentiated Revision Map Activity

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Works really well with Hodder textbook or pupils notes from their exercise books. The activity is differentiated so pupils choose a different starting point on the Nigerian border depending on the difficulty and make their way towards Lagos, colouring in the states when they have answered a question. The activity can be used in different ways, pupils can even go after every state! Instructions are:- *Use your class notes, textbooks and/or the internet to answer questions on your way to Lagos. Write the answers on a separate sheet of paper. Once you have answered the question, colour in the corresponding state on the map. Move onto the next state on your journey towards Lagos. Choose a starting state from green (easy), orange (medium) or red (hard). * Hope this helps. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer