Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Around the World Wednesday ~ Ethnic Groups of Asia & Africa

Welcome to this week's edition of Around the World Wednesday!  I hope your week has been wonderful so far. :)

Many words and no pics in this post, but hang it'll be worth it!

At my school, we are heavily in the midst of reviewing for the CRCT {Criterion Referenced Competency Test}, or state test.

In Social Studies, we have been trying to hit on some of the main topics...especially those that didn't stick like glue the first time around!  This is my first year teaching Social Studies and I have been amazed at the sheer amount of content that has to be covered in one school year!

We teach Southwest Asia {The Middle East}, Southern & Eastern Asia {most of the rest of the places you know about in Asia}, and Africa {huge continent with massive things happening}.  Those are 3 very different, very complex places to teach!!

So when it came time to review the major ethnic groups that our Standards {GPS ~ Georgia Performance Standards}say 7th graders should know and be able to talk about, I wanted to come up with something a little different.  Teaching about the very lively ethnic groups was exciting the first time around, but reviewing all of them in one class period seemed like it would be dull a little less exciting.

What I decided to do was create a quick PowerPoint...I know nothing new or exciting review the main facts for each ethnic group.  We went through and talked a little about each slide.

Then the fun part came...

I used the same facts from the PP and created puzzles on card stock {all the same color or it would have been way too easy}.  I piled all the pieces from all 6 puzzles together and then passed them out randomly around the room.  A few students did get 2 puzzle pieces.

{There were instructions for the activity on the last PP slide to go over.}

I called "GO" and they were off!!!

Most students knew the ethnic group they needed to gather up with to put the puzzle together.

A few did head off in the wrong direction, but quickly realized they were in the wrong place either from other classmates or when they saw their piece wouldn't fit!

It was a hectic few minutes, but a controlled chaos sort of hectic that I enjoy seeing my students take part in.

When all the puzzles were together, we went over them one last time and discussed any questions.

Several students wanted to know if I had made these and when I told them I had, they thanked me...THANKED ME...for making it because it was so much fun!!!  It doesn't get much better than that!

I decided to share the PowerPoint and the Puzzles with you as a freebie since it was such a hit in my classroom.

You can see the products right below.  Click the little cloud-looking thingy on the Scribd. image to download right from my blog.  No need to leave this page and no Scribd. account needed!

Ethnic Groups in Asia & Africa Puzzles

Here's the link to the Ethnic Groups in Asia & Africa PowerPoint.  The link will take you to my Dropbox where the file is stored.  Don't don't need a account to download.  However, if you don't have a Dropbox account, you don't know what you're missing!

Sorry I don't have pictures for today's post, but stay tuned tomorrow and I'll share the pictures from the lesson with just a slight's that for a teaser! ;-)

Enjoy :)

Making It {and smiling},

5-Star Blogger


  1. I am so excited to have stumbled upon your blog today! I teach 7th grade geography in Oklahoma and this lesson gives me so many ideas for next year! This is a great idea for reviewing ethnic groups, but you could do so much more with this concept! Thank you so much for sharing all your great ideas! Can't wait to start planning again!

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