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GCSE Geography: Population, Employment and Ecosystems

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Summary

Four imaginative lesson ideas for KS4 geography are demonstrated by three teachers. This lesson-planning resource addresses environmental change and sustainable development; and water, landscapes and people.

For teaching students about population, Mal Burden's first lesson uses jelly babies to demonstrate population structure and changes. His second idea helps students understand the reasons behind migration by getting them to move around the class in response to changing conditions.

To help students understand the idea of different groups in society, Maria Larkin shows how role play can get students thinking about who these different groups might be.

Finally, the benefits of using a kinaesthetic learning activity when teaching the GCSE unit Climate, Ecosystems and People, are demonstrated by Graham Goldup. He gets groups of secondary students to identify the characteristics of animals and plants in different ecosystems. They then use modelling clay to make models and explain to the class what they've done and why.

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