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Recommendation – Twinkl Secondary Resources

Recently I’ve started to make use of the newly added Twinkl Secondary Geography resources.

The variety of resources is huge with 12 pages of material so far covering everything from tectonics and coasts to tourism and urban issues. The most common of geography topics all make an appearance.

At present there are plenty of resources for Key Stage 3 and a growing number for Key Stage 4 linked to the AQA, Edexcel and OCR specifications. Key Stage 5 is currently bare but an area for future development.

Each of the lesson packs are fully resourced, many of which have eco-print versions, as are many of the stand alone lessons or single activities.

Personally I really like the opportunity for differentiation in the lesson packs, they are a great starting point to differentiate up or down depending on your students. Some resources even have differentiated versions already. I wish they’d had these when I worked at my last school, they would have been of massive benefit and would have saved me so much time with planning, differentiation and scaffolding.

My personal favourites are

But don’t take my word for it, check the resources out for yourself over at Twinkl.co.uk

Mrs Humanities

 

 

 


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UK County Word Cloud Project by Alan Parkinson

You may have already spotted this project from Alan on twitter or on his site Living Geography since there have already been a solid number of responses.

If you haven’t, then you can read more about the project here. It’s a great link to this year’s Young Geographer of the Year theme and something that could be done in class.

Add your contribution to it by filling in the form below.

I look forward to seeing the results in the summer.


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Resource – 3 Gorges Dam Information Collector Sheet

I love an information collector activity and use them regularly with KS5 in preparation for writing essays.

I haven’t used one in a while with KS3 so thought I’d make an activity for my year 8 classes this week. We are investigating the social, economic, environmental and political impacts of the 3 gorges dam.

3 gorges dam information collector geography

Students will be given a set of resources and will use them to fill in their sheets. Nice little task that encourages student inquiry. Students will then use the information they collect in an extended writing task.

I’ve compiled a selection of facts, statements and images from a variety of sources for the students to use.

You can download a copy of the resource here.

Hope its of use.

 

Mrs Humanities


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#TMWealdGeog – 09/02/17

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July 2016, over 40 teachers of geography turned up at Skinners’ School, Tunbridge Wells to discuss teaching geography. For me, it was one of the highlights of Term 6.

Guess what, it’s happening again in February (just days after my birthday). This time we’ll be focusing on fieldwork within the new GCSE and A-level specifications.

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To start with there will be 45 minutes of presentations from geographers and educators, followed by a 45 minutes breakout session before 15 minutes of so of networking.

During the breakout sessions, teachers will split into groups based upon the GCSE or A-level specs they are teaching. Experiences, good practice and ideas will be shared.

Finally we might make our way to the local bar for a bit of social networking.

If you’re located in the South of England, Kent, East Sussex, Surrey, South London or South Essex feel free to head over to the Geographers in the Weald site to find out more and to sign up.

 

 

 


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Resource – Biome Backpacks

A few months ago I saw a great post on twitter on Biome Backpacks, in fact it was this one below….

At the time I was teaching ecosystems and biomes, so thought I’d give it a go. It was a really simple activity to set up. I actually limited the students to 10 items to really get them thinking about what would be important for their survival.

biome-backpack

The students loved it. The activity encouraged them to think critically about the environment they had chosen, in particular the plants, the animals and the climate they would face. The activity required them to explain and justify their choices but also gave them the opportunity for some creativity; I particularly liked the example of “I wouldn’t take anything, just Steve Backshall” I couldn’t complain with that. Whilst I can’t show you examples of my students work here are some examples from twitter.

Thank you @LDNHumsTeacher for the original idea.

How else could you use this simple idea?

Mrs Humanities