Life on the Edge?

A study of extreme environments

KS4: ages 14-16Book

This is a GCSE Geography Toolkit from the Geographical Association exploring extreme environments – perhaps the most distant, both spatially and experientially, from the everyday lives of students.

This series of lessons uses a range of teaching strategies and a series of case studies to engage students in exploring extremely hot, dry and very cold environments. Through the local, they make connections with the global: students solve a mystery on why a village in Alaska has relocated and discover that it is due to the impact of climate change. In a Dragons’ Den-style role play students explore a range of strategies for tackling human-induced desertification and through an enquiry into a Nenets reindeer herder’s life on the tundra, students discover that their traditional way of life is now threatened by the discovery of gas in Siberia. They also discover how modern technology has enabled the transformation of the desert of Dubai into a modern city with artificial offshore islands.

Throughout the unit students are required to form their own opinions and views about the challenges facing these extreme environments and the people who live there and to consider the future for the people and animals that inhabit these places.


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    • ISBN: 9781843772668
    • No. of pages: 36

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