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Rationale

One of geography’s functions is to identify and understand patterns and processes. It is also about making generalisations and mental models to examine and interpret new situations. Most Likely To… helps pupils to build, test and modify their understanding of generalisations.

Main Strengths:

It improves pupils’ ability to process information and attach meaning.
Develops understanding of characteristics.
Develops classifying skills.
Pupils explore the limitations of generalisations.
Encourages pupils to ask geographical questions.
Enhances understanding of geographical vocabulary.

 
 

Preparation

Preparation and duplication of  Most Likely To….. statements.Statements could range from readily recognisable to ambiguous depending on the ability of the pupils.

 
 

Launching

Pupils could be encouraged to think about generalisations through real life situations which motivate them and put the learning into a wider relevant context, e.g. “ Who is most likely to support a Birmingham  based football team and why?”

Although most pupils are likely to support the local teams there are many reasons why some of them might not. This can be used for a starting point for the activity that follows.

 
 

Instructions

Explain that the statements are characteristics that can be categorised, and tell them what these categories are. Explain that it is their job to decide which statements are most likely to… fit into each category. They need to justify their choices.

 
  Managing the Activity

Pupils may not need to record their decisions and reasoning in writing: sometimes the discussion is a satisfactory end in itself. You may wish to circulate among the groups in order to refocus the discussions.

 

 

 

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Debrief

What was the purpose of the activity?
What was the most difficult part of the activity?
What was the easiest part of the activity?
What are the problems of using generalizations?
What three questions can you devise?