A3@M2 #4 – AT HOME IN EUROPE – Lesson 3

I am at home in Europe (building a physical map II)
Rivers, mountains and landforms in Europe


  • To become aware of all the different characteristics of Europe as a continent.
  • To grasp the concept of spatial relationships by seeing where they come from.

Source of the activity

Derived from “Growing up in democracy”

Type of activity

Individual work, plenary discussion

Pair and group work.

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


After having laid out the borders and countries, the students continue with characteristics of landforms. They lay out rivers, mountainsand other important things on the physical map. At the end a photo is taken of the physical map


  • Printed copies of the map of Europe as templates, blue material for laying out rivers (paper, textiles, etc.), coloured material for laying out mountains and landforms (paper, textiles, etc.), atlas, camera

Group size

1 class

Time needed



Step-by-step instructions

  • After having laid out the country borders and marked the capital cities and flags, the students continue to work on the rivers and landforms. Not all students will be busy as not all countries will have major rivers and landforms.
  • The teacher might possibly wish to assign these students to new groups or to assign students who have already finished with their country to another group.
  • The students should use different materials, such as textiles, paper, etc., to lay out the rivers and landforms.
  • The students can also add other things to the physical map, but this should be voluntary.
  • The students should decide whether or not to do this; it also depends on the information they collected during their country research (on food, famous people, etc.).
  • When the physical map is finished, photos are taken. Ideally, the map should be photographed twice – once with the students standing in “their” countries and once without the students, so that all the landforms, rivers, etc., can be clearly seen.

Debriefing and Evaluation

Debrief the activity with “The telegraph”.

Tips for the teacher

(Collecting suggestions from the Core Teachers)

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