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European Capitals

Author: Hana Slípková
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Subject: Geography,
Time needed: 15 min.
Pupil age: 12-15 years,
Product: TOGlic,
Pupil count: class
Accessories: tablets, activity Word games PLUS, Words and sentences

Target

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Reinforce the awareness of the European capitals and their geographical locations in the map.

Preparation

Go to www.TOGlic.com and log in. Using the Word games PLUS activity, prepare a set of letters that your pupils will use to create the names of the capitals. It is advisable for a start to put down a couple cities on a paper and then insert the letters they include into a table.  You may prepare a set that way the pupils will initially use to put together the names of the less known cities requiring more practising. Each letter should appear only once in the table as the pupils are allowed to use any letter repetitively. It is a good idea to write only capital letters – any of them may serve as an initial for the city name.

For a sample set prepared for this activity, log on to the Activities – Working with words – Word games PLUS – My sets – Available sets – Geography –> Capital cites in Europe. Or just click the Try it button :-)

A time limit may be set in the parameters preventing the game from becoming overly long. Send your ready set to the pupil devices by clicking at the Dispatch button.

It is useful to have a map of Europe ready in the classroom for further work to enable the pupils to check their solutions.

Progress

All the pupils will see the same set of letters on their devices once the activity has been sent out. The teacher gives the following task: "Using the listed letters, try to put together as many European capital names as possible." Additional conditions may be also set (such as the airport codes for the cities, their country codes etc.). A set time limit is running for all the pupils.

The pupils create cities from the provided letters and may use any such letter repetitively. The words they dispatch will continuously display for the teacher in the overview of results. The unique and longest words are colour highlighted. By clicking at a word, the teacher may “disapprove” a word for the pupil.

It is advisable to display the results for the pupils only after the time limit runs out in order to prevent them from cribbing. A discussion may be held over the accepted words whether the noted cities are truly in Europe, and, truly the capitals.

Switching the result displaying to the “By word” mode is useful for this work.

At the next stage, the teacher will select certain cities using the Select and use data function, opting for the Words and sentences activity. The optimum outcome is that the created city names exceed the number of the pupils devices. If not, the teacher will ask the pupils to dictate a few more names and puts those down directly in the further fields under Sentence 1. Once the activity is dispatched, one city gets displayed on each pupil device and the pupils are asked to create a symbolic map of Europe on the floor from their tablets. At that, they communicate with each other and address spatial imagination. Eventually, they check their solutions against the map of Europe.

 

Created: 19/1/2016 Last update: 24/1/2017

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