Using Picture Books to develop Geographical Ideas

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A planning framework that shows how questions can be used to develop geographical thinking in relation to the use of picture books.

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Using Picture Books to develop Geographical Ideas

  1. 1. Geographical activities that can be developed through the use of Picture Books Geography is about Geography is about the SPACE relationship Draw a map between people & place Is there enough Answer from the point information in the book of view of the character to: in the story Identity • Map a route that a • Who am I? character in your • Where do I come story walks ISBN - 1-905236-63-8 Barefoot Books from? • Map the layout of • Who is my family? the village, street • What is my ‘story’? etc Geography is about • Who are the people Place around me? From the point of view • Where do they come of the character in the from? What is their Geography makes story can you answer the ‘story’? Connections between following questions? people and places • Where do I live? • How does it look? Geography is about What connects us to the • How do I feel about it? `real people’ who people in your story? • How is it changing? live in `real places’ • Do we have relatives • How do I want it to change? Find images of people who who live there? live in a similar place to the • Do we eat food that characters in the story. is grown there? www.flickr.com is a good • Do we go on holiday source of quality there? photographs. • Do we have a school link with the Can you match photographs country? of real places to an image that the artist has drawn? Prompt sheet devised by developed by Wendy North, 23/01/2008 wendy.north@btinternet.com wnorth@geography.org.uk

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