This past Friday I tried something new while teaching Unit 5 of Let’s Go 6, which introduces nationalities and languages. It was a spur of the moment kind of thing when I asked all the students to write the alphabet in their notebooks vertically. I then played the entire Countries of the World series from Kids TV 123 on the classroom screen and the children then had to try and write the name of one country for every letter of the alphabet:
Aruba, Belize, Cameroon, Djibouti etc.
They weren’t allowed to look at the world map at the back of the classroom and I told them spelling wasn’t important. So even the kids who think geography is about as interesting as counting toenail clippings on a Friday night at least took the challenge aspect of the activity seriously.
When at the end of the activity we made a master list on the board I realized it had worked out better than I thought. Almost everybody completed more than 90% of their list and some of the children recorded less commonly know countries such as Republic of Congo and St. Lucia. I was pretty proud of them.