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What are Geography Jumpstarts? Each short, 5-10 minute activity is designed to get students engaged in the day’s topic of study. A wide variety of activities allow students to apply their knowledge, share their opinions, and get into the geography “mindset” before class even officially begins. Students can grab a jumpstart as they enter the classroom and be ready to discuss their answers by the time you finish roll call. Meanwhile, you do not have to worry about discipline problems that result from idleness, nor do you have to waste the energy and time to settle students down after the bell since they are already occupied. Best of all, the jumpstarts serve to increase student interest in the day’s learning topic.
Why “Geography Jumpstarts”? The activities are called Geography Jumpstarts, because the word “warm-up” and associated educational terms perpetuated by academics conjure up images of extreme torture in the minds of most students who recall the tedious, rote activities taken directly from standardized testing practice books that they were forced to complete, which their teachers affectionately referred to as “warm-ups.” In stark contrast, there is nothing redundant or dull about Geography Jumpstarts activities.
How to Use Geography Jumpstarts: In order to encourage a positive experience in which students feel free to express themselves and honestly share what they feel are their best responses, it is highly recommended that you do not grade these for content, but rather for completion. This will allow students to take risks, allowing them to possibly even surprise themselves with what they really know. Point out that you do not want them to stress out, but to make educated guesses if they are not sure about an answer. Quickly go through the answers together before you start your day’s lesson, calling on students to share their answers without fear of judgment, and instructing students to correct their answers if necessary.
Bonus Material: Note that the answer key often includes interesting extra tidbits of information for the teacher to add while going over the answers. This information takes advantage of the students’ natural curiosity to know more about the world we live in. The developers of this activity book believe firmly that learning should be fun, and it is our desire that this book is successful in making both teaching and learning a more enjoyable experience.
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