This product is designed for use in the AP Human Geography classroom, but would be appropriate for any high school social studies classroom studying IHDI and/or development.
This activity calls for students to look up the IHDI of each country, and then color a map based on a scale that color codes the levels of development (very high, high, medium, low). This activity not only builds student map fluency, but it also helps improve their understanding of world-wide trends and patterns in development, as well as provides a visual component of this concept. My students found themselves very surprised by some of their findings as some countries they have a preconceived notion of as being poor/less developed were not at all!
There are a total of 6 maps that depict North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa and Oceania. They can be used separately or as a unit. I personally have my class work through one a day during Unit 6, in pairs or threes. Then they save them in their review binder to help them prepare for the AP Exam. This is also one of the many maps and charts we create for their student-created atlas. In my classroom at this point of the year they have had map quizzes on most of these areas so it is a great review tool as well.
This activity requires students to access the following website: http://hdr.undp.org/en/composite/IHDI
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Please also note that this does not contain an answer key as these numbers are subject to change. As your students complete the activity it is pretty easy to see if anyone has strayed too far from the correct answer.