‘Stock’ geography lessons: part.2

Following on from part.1, here are my  favourite lessons/activities. No particular order or topic. I’m sure I’ve missed ideas.


Minigeogs – a creation of Alan Parkinson (@Geoblogs), great creative homework task.

Top Trumps– brilliant strategy for a range of topics, I tend to use them as an opportunity to explore the level of a country’s development.

Interactive location games– great for the first few minutes of a lesson if you have change over.  Try Sheppard Software or Traveller I.Q. Challenge.

Of course I like a model, pop-ups being the favourite (glacial features in the pipeline)and more recently the use of Lego. If I can get food in as well I’m happy, so I’m also a fan of the population jelly babies game and modelling landform features with cake (or snow if available).

Some of the simplest strategies are the most effective, for example  the cartoon illustration of processes .

A year won’t go by without me using the Stop Disasters simulation, I’ve produced a simple sheet for students to record their disaster adaptations. I’m a fan of David Leat’s thinking skills work, one of my favourite living graphs tasks is the seismograph activity.

Topicality is important, but throughout the year its highly likely that piracy will hit the news and I have been known to do some Eurovision mapping.

If I can get singing I will, a favourite is the continents song, but I also enjoy adapting lyrics from nursery rhymes (don’t ask- see the hanging valley song). I also like the spoken word, images are great for inspiring poetry.

I’m a Stars Wars fan, so often Darth and Yoda will often turn up.

Liked by some, hated by others; but I enjoy teaching weather and climate. John Sayers’ Cotton wool clouds go down a treat, of course there is time for a bit of Postman Pat. If you fancy some more traditional resources, see the work I did for the RMS. Finally, I enjoy tracking Katrina.

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