In Gr. 9 Social Studies I’ve been experimenting with short bursts of geographic literacy in between units. Inspired by Rafe Esquith, who has his Gr 5 students learning all the countries of the world, I thought it would be easy to do the same.
I applied a cooperative learning strategy called “quiz quiz” that I’ve used for AP Psychology. At times it feels like drill and kill, but students generally appreciate the slight competitive nature, and it is also a way to build classroom community.
The downside is that it takes a whole class to do one quiz quiz, but if you dedicated 1 day between units, you would have all the continents covered in 1 semester.