"How does geography shape the world?"
Each project has a driving question and this project's question was "How can we create an original adventure game?" Students were discussing, researching and learning with friends and teachers through this question. One project continues for up to four months and teachers guide lesson based on students' interests.
Here is a report from the teachers.
During these two weeks, students were introduced to the topic of geography. They began by examining images and videos of the world to identify similarities and differences. The students were then asked to visualize their homes and neighborhoods, describing notable physical features. The concept of geography was introduced, and students collectively defined what it encompasses. They also brainstormed ideas for future lessons.
In these weeks, the focus shifted to the continents, starting with a detailed exploration of South America. Students discussed the Amazon Rainforest, its diverse flora and fauna, and the layers of the rainforest. They actively engaged in a hands-on activity, creating a Rainforest Layer Poster. The following week, the focus remained on South America, exploring the lives of the people residing there.
The students delved into North America, identifying its various terrains and biomes, such as forests, deserts, taiga/tundra, and the arctic. They learned about indigenous North American wildlife and keystone species. The class also made a large poster showcasing North American wildlife.
These weeks were dedicated to Europe. Students discussed its history and the countries that constitute the continent. They engaged in hands-on activities, coloring European flags and political maps. A focus on specific countries and cultural elements was included.
African countries and their unique features took center stage during these weeks. Students identified Africa on a map and discussed its terrain. The focus extended to each African country, enabling them to develop a deeper understanding of the continent's diversity. They engaged in activities such as coloring flags and creating 3D models of the Egyptian pyramids.
In these weeks, the students expanded their geographical knowledge by exploring Australia, Asia, and Antarctica. They learned about Australia's diverse wildlife, its indigenous population, and landmarks. The concept of Asia's vastness and population density was emphasized, and students created a book detailing Asian countries and their flags. The final week delved into Asian animals and Antarctica, highlighting its unique polar conditions with constant daylight in summer and darkness in winter.
In the last week, students enjoyed a presentation day, recapping their journey through the geography of the world. Popcorn was served as they watched their presentations, and they shared their reflections on their performance and learning during the project. Throughout these weeks, the students embarked on an exciting journey to explore the world's geography, from their homes and continents to diverse cultures, wildlife, and landmarks across the globe.
Reyes - Afterschool Teacher (USA)
Afterschool teacher at CGK International School. From the US.
After majored in international relations and global studies in universities, 12 years experience to teach in Japan.