The best introduction to Western Europe. Beginning with an Introductory exercise on "How are you connected to Western Europe?"— Famous people from Western Europe, this ToolBook uses action-packed lessons, games galore, and country reports (using our thinksheets and articles from National Geographic). It is heavy on key terms, but we make them memorable through games and interactive exercises, such as "Can you speak German?" Ja!
Geography: The five themes of Western Europe's geography.
- Location: Mapping and mental maps. How to use an atlas, almanac, map and a globe. What to do with a political map, a physical map, and a blank map. "The Great Mapmaster": Students form a human map of Europe. Europe has an ideal location, why?
- Place: Use Internet photos to explain physical and human features. Using an atlas, play "Pin the Tail on the Alps and "Name that River!" How latitude shapes climate. The North Atlantic Drift. Where are European cities; why there? Examine a thumbnail profile of each city, then play "Name that city!" Memorize the capital cities, but "Don't look up!" Board game: The consequences of urbanization.
- Interaction: Canals link rivers. Many forests have been chopped down. Drilling for oil in the North Sea.
- Movement: The Channel links England and France. How is Western Europe connected to the rest of the world? Does your dream car come from Europe?
- Physical regions: The Great European Plain, the Alps, Northeast Mountains, and the Central Uplands. Can you re-regionalize Europe?
Culture: Europe has four cultural regions.
- WESTERN: The British Isles. London—what caused it to become a major city? The Prime Meridian—why does the world set its clocks by Big Ben? The North Atlantic Drift—does it always rain in London? Ireland—a brief history. St. Patrick's Day. Can you write a limerick? Paris, France. Belgium, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Denmark.
- NORTHERN: Sweden. Germany: Mapping the "GerMan." "It's time to speak German." German words you can guess (der Sonnenschein = sunshine, das Wunderkind = a brilliant child) How climate shapes clothing. Counting calories: Why Germans eat heavy midday meals.
- SOUTHERN: Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece—life around the Mediterranean.
History and Religion: Map the religions of Europe.
Economics: The European Union, with 400 million consumers, is the world's largest trading bloc. Germany is the economic powerhouse of Europe. Analyze each economy, then play "Name that Strength!" Key terms: GDP, per capita income, levels of development, standard of living, literacy rate, and more. Then play, "Can you talk like an economist?"]
About Performance Education ToolBooks
Each ToolBook has 4 basic components:
- Lectures and Stories―provide the basic facts behind the subject being covered and help establish a framework for further learning
- Interactive Exercises―develop higher levels of skill through graphic organizers, maps, charts, timelines, important documents and links to other materials
- Games―Unique action Games, brain games and board Games are fun, exciting, encourage fast-paced learning, and provide practice in all 6 levels of Bloom
- The Tests―practice and preparation for the end-of-grade state tests, with hundreds of practice test questions.
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