I currently have my Year Ten Friday afternoon for a double, which is challenging enough; but I’m also trying to reduce my teacher talk and encourage more independent learning. As a result I’m trying to incorporate more kinesthetic activities within my repertoire…
I wanted students to consider the changing pattern of urbanisation, and as a result begin to consider some of the contributing factors. It was also an opportunity to begin to develop students’ ability to describe patterns.
Each group was given a sheet with data about the ten largest cities in 1900, 1950 and 2012.
Using a base map each group had to locate the cities and then construct a graph using Lego. We used a scale of one square block to represent one million people. Students then used the support sheet to begin to describe the geographical distribution of the cities.
This was then repeated for each of the given dates. The results were quite impressive, and visually I think it helped students describe the pattern in the shift of urbanisation.
With reflection I think I should have encouraged students to make a prediction for a future date, one for next time…