Most of the students never show a liking towards the subject of Social studies especially towards History and Geography. It is also quite evident that the teachers teaching these subjects often face a hard time. The subject of Geography is based on the following 5 themes; region, location, place, movement and interactions in the environment. Design your lesson plans based on these themes and you can create a sense of curiosity among the students to learn the subject. Likewise, you purpose of teaching the subject properly is also served.
Here are a few tips for the teachers to create lesson plans:
Creating lesson plans with the help of Geography themes can be a classic idea. You can add activities to the lesson plans to make them more appealing.
- Region: Region signifies the understanding of the sections of our Earth and what it includes ranging from landforms to waterbodies and industries to climatic changes. These regions can undergo several changes over a due course of time. Try to explore and understand the regions where you live along with the students. Try finding out the specialities of the region and enlist the same on a paper. You can divide the class into 5 groups and ask each group to enlist 5 specialities of the region.
- Location: Locations of places are usually relative or absolute. Absolute locations are the ones exact places that can be located on the map with the help of latitudes and longitudes whereas Relative locations specify the connectivity of places through the means of transport and technology. You can design activities that can teach students about finding out the location of important places with the help of longitudes and latitudes. You can also try exploring the various means of transportation used to connect these various places.
- Movement: Movement here defines the migration of people from one place to another. You can teach students about the earlier civilizations and settlements that existed. You can assign the students to list the earlier civilizations and their migrations if any.
- Place: Every place is unique in its own way. Likewise try an activity with the students about listing some amazing places in the world. Learning about various places in the world will not only enlighten the students with a lot of information but also engage them in the classroom.
- Human and environmental interactions: Understanding the interactions between the environment and people is important to teach students about how such interactions can have a positive or a negative effect on the environment. For instance: building of dams and bridges, building towers and skyscrapers. You can also teach students about pollution and its adverse effects. Ask the students to list the adverse effects of pollution and deforestation.
Engaging students in the classroom is a tough thing to do. I hope these above mentioned tips shall help you to revive the magic of geography in the classroom.