Using Games in School Geography


Using Games in School Geography
Primary, Secondary
Sep 2007


Using Games in School Geography encourages fun and interactive teaching and learning of secondary geography by interspersing geography games and activities within curriculum teaching. This accessible resource for geography teachers allows for independent learning triggered by thinking skills development.


This resource will enable you to:

  • Encourage enthusiastic participation in your geography classroom
  • Improve performance using games, which have been proven to be effective teaching and learning tools
  • Contribute to students’ social and emotional aspects of learning, developing skills of empathy, decision-making and critical thinking that they can use across the curriculum and throughout their lives
  • Add to your own range of teaching strategies, particularly those which encourage interaction with students, and develop your own games and simulations.

Summary of contents

This collection offers a portfolio of tried and tested games and simulations for secondary school geography students. Each of the exercises can be applied to a particular National Curriculum strand of geography, covering Key Stages 2 to 5. Designed to be interspersed within geography curriculum teaching, they represent a variety of styles that range from the simple to the complex.

This accessible book is as useful for enthusiastic experienced teachers as for the NQT, containing a mixture of old favourites (that have not been published before) and new ideas.

The exercises in this new collection include:

  • Operational games
  • Role-plays
  • Mathematical simulations.

Simulations range from the exploration of development priorities on an island in the tropics to the issues underlying a local road-building project, and from the impact of large-scale ecological change to finding a good location for a new settlement.

Full materials and instructions for the use of each exercise are provided, along with a commentary for teachers. Each game or simulation has a basic idea and framework, and this can be simplified or sophisticated according to the ability of the students. Suggestions for setting-up, for effective management, and for subsequent debriefing and future development of each exercise are included. As long as you have access to a photocopier (and a six-sided die), this book provides all that is necessary to make these games work.

Chapter breakdown

Part 1 – Putting simulations in context
1: Introduction
2: The story so far
3: Simulations in the 21st century
Part 2 – Games
4: Some considerations in using games
5: Caribbean Fisherman – a flexible operational game
6: Watch this Waste – a simple card game
7: Can We Save the Grasslands? – a mathematical card game
Part 3 – Role-plays
8: Some considerations in using role-play
9: St Philip – a role-play linked to Caribbean Fisherman
10: Aid for Eldana – a simple role-play
11: First Landfall – a map-based role-play
12: The Melford Motorway – a role-play
13: Theme Park – a complex role-play
Part 4 – Taking it further
14: Creating your own games and role-plays
15: Sources for games and role-plays 


Spiral bound, 225 x 297, 142 Pages, Published 2007


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