Local Area Study
Where on Earth are we?

Practice Activities For Download

Activity 1

Map Scavanger Hunt
In this activity, children will work in pairs with the local area map. They will have to find the features on the Scavanger Hunt list in the local area.
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Activity Resources

Local Area Map
You can download the local area map below as an example of what I would use. You can use Google Maps and turn off labels or use another site like snazzymaps.com to get blank maps.
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Activity 2

In this activity, the children must use their knowledge of cardinal directions to guide their team through a minefield. Using the map provided and a compass, they call out the safe path.
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Lesson Plan

Everything you need to give this lesson a try. On the left side we have our lesson objectives, in the middle are the activities and on the right are the assessment tools!
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In this lesson, we start our investigation of the local area by pinpointing exactly where it is on the map and what kind of things we find in it.
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From the Curriculum

Strand: Human Environments
Strand Unit:
People living and working in the local area

Curriculum Objectives

The child should be enabled to:
-explore, investigate and come to appreciate the major features of the built environment in the locality and in a contrasting part of Ireland

Learning Objectives

-use the language of history including: chronology, timeline, causes, sources.

-sequence the events leading up to the start of WW1.

-identify some of the reasons why WW1 started.

-use online sources of information to research the flags of WW1 countries.

Learning Activities

-Video Stimulus: watch the video stimulus explaining the causes of WW1, pausing the video when prompted to answer stimulus questions.
-Comic Strip Sequencing: draw a three piece comic strip that explains the events of Archduke Franz Ferdinand's assassination.
-Summarising: using the video content, summarise three reasons why war was inevitable, even without Ferdinand's assassination.
-Flag Research: using ICT resources, research the flags of various countries that took part in WW1. Research carefully to make sure you are finding sources that show WW1 flags not modern flags.


-Teacher Designed Tasks:
1) Comic Strip Sequence
2) Reasons for War
3) Flag Research Sheet

-Teacher Questioning:
1) Can you identify a few reasons why WW1 started?
2) Can you put the events of Franz Ferdinand's assassination in order?

Rang Maher