Activity 1. Check Your Understanding Questions!
Complete all the Check Your Understanding Questions in the textbook for all the units we have studied.
- Option B. Oceans and Coastal Margins – Pages 64, 78, 90 and 104.
- Option D. Geophysical Hazards – Pages 175, 185, 195 and 210.
- Unit 1. Changing Population – Pages 395, 408 and 423.
- Unit 2. Global Climate: Vulnerability and Resilience – Pages 435, 450 and 466.
- Unit 3. Global Resource Consumption and Security – Pages 529, 551 and 566.
- Option G. Urban Environments – Pages 348, 359, 373 and 385.
- Unit 4. Power, Places and Networks – Page 529, 551 and 567.
- Unit 5. Human Development and Diversity – Pages 582, 597 and 613.
- Unit 6. Global Risks and Resilience – Pages 626, 638 and 647.
Activity 2. Practice Exam Questions!
Complete all the Practice Exam Questions in the textbook for all the units we have studied.
- Option B. Oceans and Coastal Margins – Page 105.
- Option D. Geophysical Hazards – Page 211.
- Unit 1. Changing Population – Page 424.
- Unit 2. Global Climate: Vulnerability and Resilience – Page 467.
- Unit 3. Global Resource Consumption and Security – Page 514.
- Option G. Urban Environments – Page 386.
- Unit 4. Power, Places and Networks – Page 567.
- Unit 5. Human Development and Diversity – Page 613.
- Unit 6. Global Risks and Resilience – Page 647.
Activity 3. Everything is Geography!
- Pick any one of the items from on my tea table.
- Take it back to your table and place it in the centre (if it fits) of the paper sheet given.
- You have 20 minutes to complete the sheet to tell me why this item is so important to your Geography IB DP Standard Level course.
- Do this by linking the item to key areas of the SL course!
Activity 4. Case Study Sheet
Complete this 5w’s case study sheet to revise all of the casestudies from Unit 1, 2 and 3.
Complete this organiser for Option D. Geophysical Hazards
Activity 5. The Bowl Game
- Cut out the keyword squares, fold them and put into a bowl.
- Get into groups of four – made up of two teams of two. Student A and C, Student B and D.
- Round One: A sixty second countdown starts and student A takes a keyword from the bowl. He/she must get his/her team member (Student C) to say what is on keyword square without using the keywords themselves. Once Student C correctly states what is on the keyword square Student A takes another one from the bowl and again tries to get Student C to say the keywords. This process stops once sixty seconds ends. It is then Student B’s turn for sixty seconds with his/her team mate Student D, then Student C and then Student D … until all the keywords have been done. A score is counted per team and the keywords are returned to the bowl.
- Round Two: the same principal as Round One but this time it is done without words, like a game of ‘charades’.
- Round Three: This time all that can be said is the initials of the keywords.
- Round Four: This time only one word can be used – but it must not be one of the keywords.
Keywords Sheet – Unit 3
Keywords Sheet – Option B. Oceans and Coastal Margins
Keywords Sheet – Option D. Geophysical Hazards
Activity 6. How to Revise!
This revision guide, specific to Geography was recently written in the IB Review Magazine. It comes in two parts but you should take some time to read both sections by clicking on the links below.
Activity 7. Kahoot Quizzes
Activity 8. Command Terms
Use this Kahoot Quiz to test your understanding of Command Terms!
Understanding text in exam questions:
- Referring to: using, mentioning explicitly
- Outcome: consequence, result
- Benefits/costs: positive/negative outcomes
- Pressures/conflicts: undesirable competition
- Challenges: difficulties which may be overcome
- Social: relates to human welfare (e.g. housing, health)
- Cultural: relates to languages, customs, religions, moral codes
- Political: relates to government actions
- Demographic: relates to populations (e.g. fertility)
- Environmental: relates to the physical environment
- Issues: important and controversial results
- Trend: change over time (usually on a graph)
- Pattern: distribution in space (IE: can be mapped)
- Process: actions or changes which occur between two parts/stages
- Relationship: two-way interactions
- Global scale: the entire world
- Regional scale: large regions (e.g. Europe, Asia Pacific)
- National scale: within one country
- Local scale: immediate district or state
Activity 9. Essay Questions
Look carefully at the essay title and carry out the following:
Underline the key words in the title
- Use the L.I.S.T. checklist below to ensure that you give the essay title its broadest interpretation:
- L – LOCATION (spatial context): poor/rich countries; rural/urban areas; tropical/temperate; land/air/sea; marine/terrestrial/atmospheric
- I – ISSUES (factors): positive/negative, advantages/disadvantages, costs/benefits, human/physical, environmental, social, cultural, demographic, political, economic, geographic
- S – SCALE: global, regional, international, national, sub-national, local
- T – TIME: long-term/medium-term/short-term; past/present/future; contemporary/recent/current
(note that some of the items in the L.I.S.T. may not be relevant to the essay)
Making a great start to the essay
A good introduction must be brief and include the following 3 elements:
- Define the key words of the title (e.g. “globalization”, “physical water scarcity”, “megacity”)
- Formulate the question: use or rephrase the essay title, suggest possible sub-questions which may be relevant to the essay
- Announce the structure/plan that will be used to answer the question: however do NOT “conclude” by giving away your key arguments in the introduction. Rather, indicate the path you’ll follow (e.g. “we will first examine this aspect, then evaluate this this aspect, and finally look into this aspect”). Don’t be afraid to mention the relevant 4P’s & SDG’s and underline them too to draw attention to the
- Skip 3-4 lines after the introduction so that there is no doubt for the reader that you are know beginning the body of the essay.
SL Essay Advice
Paper 1 – Themes – You will answer (HL – 3 and SL – 2) questions in total. Each question is split up into a structured section worth 10 marks followed by a choice of one of two 10 mark essay questions. The 10 mark essay questions will include A03 command terms.
These WILL REQUIRE YOU to make a judgment based on evidence and when relevant construct an argument.
Paper 2 – You will answer one of two 10 mark questions. The questions should contain an A03 command term such as ‘To what extent’…
Mark scheme for 10-mark question – here
HL Essay Advice
Look again carefully, the 12 mark questions are generally AO2 (analyse, explain etc)
Paper 3 [HL] – The 16 mark ones are only AO3 (Examine, discuss etc). These WILL REQUIRE YOU to make a judgment based on evidence and when relevant construct an argument.The mark scheme for each 12 & 16 mark question is different. Synthesis and evaluation is not required for 12 marks but is for 16 marks . In effect, one is a high scoring short answer the other is an essay (source – Tom Sheard IB DP Teacher)
Mark Scheme For 16-mark question – here
Mark Scheme For 12-Mark question – here