Grade 6 (Primary) induction day event / french school visit showcase
I have run this lesson twice recently and it has gone down really well both times. The first was for the Grade 6 induction to secondary Geog just before the last summer holidays and the second was for a visit of a local French school to our school for a showcase Geography lesson.
The game can be found on Richard Allaway's fantastic geographyalltheway.com website and I stole his chance cards as they worked really well as a way of exposing the EAL visiting students to English geographical terminology (with our students translating those words that were a little abstract).
I started off by showing the following video that introduced the students to the concept of population growth .....
We then talked a little about the issues caused by rapid population growth and why population pyramids (age/sex structures) are an important tool in the forecasting of future demographic trends. We talked more about the raising of the retirement age here in France and I showed the students a 2050 population pyramid of France to see if they could work out why.
The set up & resources (also see photo at base of post)
When the class come in, tell them not to touch or eat the sweets!
The students start to talk about the cards and you will probably hear them applying the theory to real life events too (if they keep up with the news).
Then lead some questions (if you have time) based on their experiences of the game:
That's it! Simple and fairly cheap to set up and very high in calories!
Keep em away from those blue smarties!!!
All Richard's original resources can be found on his site here
Good luck with it. Matt
Author of geographypods.com.