A3@M2 #4 – AT HOME IN EUROPE – Lesson 1


What I know about Europe

Aim

  • To re-activate their knowledge about Europe
  • To discover their view of the continent

Source of the activity

Derived from “Growing up in democracy”

Type of activity

Individual work, plenary discussion

Competences targeted by the activity

  • Civic mindedness
  • Analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Skills of listening and observing
  • Knowledge and critical understanding of the self
  • Knowledge and critical understanding of the world

Overview

Children work with a map of Europe. They indicate where they come from, they write down what cities they know, which countries are familiar to them, and which flags and other important things they know, etc.

Materials

  • Printed copies of the map of Europe, country portraits, pens, glue, scissors, atlas, books, Internet (if possible).

Group size

1 class

Time needed

Preparation

Step-by-step instructions

  • The students are given a printed copy of a blank map of Europe (ideally enlarged to A3 size). Their task is to re-activate what they know about Europe.
  • They start to work on the different questions listed underneath the map.
  • The teacher then presents the information pack in the students’ handout section (countries and capitals, flags, rivers, mountains and landforms).
  • The students will work with this material but can also collect information using other resources, as far as these are available in the classroom (Internet, atlas, books, etc.).
  • The finished maps of Europe are displayed on the wall. As homework, the students chose one European country to do research on at home. They fill in the “Country portrait” up to lesson 2. They also find a partner who they can work with in the following lessons and who ideally chose a neighbouring country to theirs.

Debriefing and Evaluation

Debrief the activity with “The telegraph”.

Tips for the teacher

(Collecting suggestions from the Core Teachers)

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