In 6th and 7th grade Humanities class, students are working on world geography. As many of you know, Americans are notoriously bad at remembering landmarks in the United States or identifying African countries. These are just a few examples of what students struggle with when answering questions about geography. I have included a link to an article that discusses students’ knowledge of geography throughout the world, but it definitely focuses on American students.
Our goal this year is that Saklan middle school students will be in that small percentage of kids that will know basic, yet important, world geography. Also, our world is becoming increasingly small due to technology. Isn’t it reasonable to expect our students to know the location of most countries in the world? As we see it, understanding world geography is a proactive step into the next frontier of learning and educating our students for a global work environment.
Currently, the 6th graders are learning all 52 of the African countries. And, the 7th graders are studying the 42 European countries. Each world region will be chosen to enhance and support our students’ knowledge in relation to their topic of study.