Classroom Activities

Activity # 13

Adventures at home and abroad

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Your students can use geography class as home base as they explore the world around them.

One of the best ways to learn about new places is to make them real for yourself - either by researching them, visiting them or making personal contact with someone who lives there.

World hand

Here are several activities that your students can do to learn about a city, town, region or country.

They can write stories and share what they've learned with a broader audience.

Encourages your students to write a travel story that profiles a city, province, town, region or country that they have visited or lived in. Find out about the climate, the geology, the vegetation, the population, the waterways and the history of the settlement in the area. Then, they can give their readers a guided tour of the area through their story. Some key elements of the travel story include an exploration of the senses - sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch as well as interviews with people who know the terrain well.


Long-distance pen pals
Students can correspond via e-mail with young people from another city, province or country and learn about another place through the eyes and ears of a resident. Through e-mail, the students can talk to their correspondents about a geographical issue in the news. They can present the details they learned from their interview in a question-and-answer format or in a story.


Language of the land
As experienced travelers know, a voyage can offer you a chance to hear people communicate in many different ways. For example, you can travel around a region or a country and hear the same language spoken in many different ways -- with different accents and dialects. Meanwhile, some areas can be home to various different languages because of the patterns of settlement in that region. How does geography affect the way people speak? Are people in an isolated place likely to speak differently than people in the nearest community?



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