Regional Geography with Flashcards

This lesson is devised by Danielle O’ Connor who studied English and Geography in NUI Maynooth. She graduated from Maynooth in 2009. She is currently studying a Higher Diploma in Primary Education. Danielle loves most sports and is a black belt in kickboxing and teaches Boxercise classes. She says “Exercise is a brilliant way to take your mind off your studies. she finds, Children that take part in sports concentrate better in the classroom. It also helps to reduce stress”

The main aim of this lesson is that  Students will focus on two European regions, one core region (The Paris Basin) and one peripheral region (The Mezzogiorno). It can be hard to remember all the facts so Danielle has devised a clever flash card system to help!

Students compare these contrasting regions in terms of:

Physical environment- soil, drainage, relief and climate.

Primary economic processes- farming and fishing.

Secondary economic processes- Multinational companies, high tech companies and communication systems.

Tertiary economic processes- services, education and tourism.

Human processes- population and migration.

As prep you will need to take two contrasting regions and write a series of flash cards for the topics above. Try to pick out all the opposites!

Firstly students will sort flashcards with information about the physical characteristics of a region. They will have to decide if the region is a core region or a peripheral region. They use the information that they already know to complete this task. Students are usually surprised how much they know about a region when it is broken down in this way.

For example:

One side of the table will be a peripheral region (The Mezzogiorno). The centre of the table will be unsure and the other side of the table will be a core region (The Paris Basin).






Peripheral region                                                                                                                                Core region

(Mezzogiorno)                                                                                                                                  (The Paris Basin)

When they have sorted all of the flashcards they have a list of physical characteristics for each region. From here they pick contrasting characteristics from a region and use these characteristics to explain why one region is a core region and the other is a peripheral region.

The students use flashcards to explore economic processes and human processes in this way as well.

Secondly the students use the flashcards for the contrasting regions to write a small paragraph comparing the characteristics. They colour key words to make them stand out on the page and this helps them to remember the information. They work together to complete this paragraph.

Finally they mix the flash cards up again and see how much they can remember about each region and how fast they can sort them the second time round. This is a good revision exercise as students are not overloaded with information. With courses such as Leaving Certificate Geography and History this is a common problem. There is just too much to learn it seems. But if you understand it in a logical way and can sort information out from each other you will remember the patterns!