Atlas did not shrug

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I frequently conduct small geography workshops with activities for kids in my neighborhood. We all enjoy it immensely. …

I frequently conduct small geography workshops with activities for kids in my neighborhood. We all enjoy it immensely.

In fact, the kids demand that I have a workshop every Sunday!

This map-reading activity was on 09 December 2012. Details are in the slide show.

Dr Chandra Shekhar Balachandran
The Indian Institute of Geographical Studies
http://tiigs.org
geo 'at' tiigs 'dot' org (replace 'at' with @ and 'dot' with . )

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  • 1. ATLAS DID NOT SHRUG! Atlas games with9th Cross Ninjas Ashoknagara Bangalore 560050 09 December 2012
  • 2. What we did• Every Ninja got an atlas (same publication)• There were small strips of paper, folded and placed in a small bowl. Each had: – Place(s) to find and – Question(s) to answer• Each person had to pick a strip and find the place(s) listed and answer the question(s) on it
  • 3. What we did• I suggested merely playing, but they wanted to form teams and compete. I acquiesced. – Boys’ team and girls’ team• Little Sameera started out doling out the strips but decided this wasn’t Action enough for him. So, he started pretend-playing … on his own. – This pleased him no end!
  • 4. Madhu, Nithin, Mahesha, ready for action
  • 5. They started shouting, “UNCLE, UNCLE, LET US START!”I had to plead with them to give me time enough to take a picture or two!
  • 6. Sameera with the cup for the slips which had the places the kids had to find.
  • 7. The Ninjas at work
  • 8. Shreya, the undisputed leader of the Ninjas
  • 9. Shreya, Manasa, Tejasvini
  • 10. Young Sameera finding a place in the atlas. Well, he was poking it a lot, anyway. But had a great deal of fun doing it!
  • 11. Nithin found BOTH Washingtons on a map of America in next to no time
  • 12. Sameera came up and showed me he had found Rio de Janeiro
  • 13. On demand, I had to show Sameera where Dhaka is.He heard the others saying Dhaka and demanded that I show him where it is!
  • 14. Mahesha, 2nd grade, can’t read much English, but was able to locate Tokyo with a little help. He was thrilled!
  • 15. Once he got a copy of the atlas for himself, Sameera was happy. On his left is the slip with the place he was ‘looking for.’ 
  • 16. She found Cairo!
  • 17. As did she!
  • 18. Ninja Major found one of the seas around India
  • 19. The very pictures of concentration. By the roadside 
  • 20. Really into it!
  • 21. The questions
  • 22. The questions
  • 23. The questions
  • 24. The questions
  • 25. Need help, ideas … to do something like this in your neighborhood? Contact:The Indian Institute of Geographical Studies geo@tiigs.org http://tiigs.org