We all know that geographical vocabulary is crucial for every topic studied at GCSE. So here are a few quick ideas:

Idea 1: Knowledge trading

Source: AQA Outstanding lessons CPD, 2015

Students are given 30 cards (10 x red, 10 x yellow and 10 x green) each card has a key word on linked to that topic. Students are asked on the reverse of the card to write the correct definition for that key word, if they do not know any key words you could always give out a few to get the ball rolling.

The red cards are the hardest words from that topic and the green are the easiest. The aim of the game is to trade your cards with the other students in the class until you get all 30 definitions, i.e. students may trade two greens for a red – it is entirely up to them. This is perfect for students who are unsure about some definitions as their peers can help them by trading cards.

At the end students should have learnt all 30 definitions and either written these on an A3 piece of paper given at the start, or they could be quizzed. The choice is yours!

Access topic cards for tectonics, coasts and rivers … HERE.

Idea 2: Beat the clock

In pairs, students are given a pack of key word cards. Each student takes it in turns (1 minute) to pick a card from the top of the deck and describe a key word from the chosen category (i.e. coasts, rivers, tectonics, tourism, globalisation, urban). If the student guesses the key word correctly they score a point and the describer picks up another card and repeats the process, using the same category.

This idea is very similar to Articulate (check my blog post out here) but it is easier to implement in a class room when students only need a deck of cards, timer, paper and a pen (to keep score).

Access these ‘Beat the clock’ cards ….HERE.

Idea 3: Flash cards

I will not bore you with the details, but each card has the key word and definition so that students can quiz each other.

Access flash cards for tectonics, coasts, rivers, globalisation, urban and tourism… HERE.

Idea 4: Quiz-Quiz-Trade (see previous blog post)

Each student is handed a quiz card, composed of a primary question and a challenge question. Using the Kagan structure (Quiz-Quiz-Trade) students rotate around the room quizzing other members of the class using their card. If students correctly answer the primary question, they are asked the challenge question. In pairs, once each student has been quizzed they are asked to swap cards and repeat the process again quizzing another class member.

This activity can even be used with low ability or students who get anxious when they do not know the answer, as all cards have both the question and the answer in order to reassure the student posing the question.

Access quiz – quiz trade cards for coasts and rivers… HERE.

Idea 5: Dominoes

Match the key words to the definitions.

Idea 6: EAL topic mats and display key words

Access EAL topic mats …HERE.

Access EAL key words for display… HERE.

Idea 6: Key word display board (see previous blog post)