A compelling case can be made for studying Russia as part of KS3 geography. Quite simply, geography is the study of the world and Russia is the world’s largest country!
How big is Russia?
Where does Europe end and Asia begin?
How old are the Ural Mountains and how were they made?
How does the theory of plate tectonics work?
What was Pangaea and when did it exist?
What is ‘Eurasia’?
How big is Russia?
The aim of the ‘how big is Russia?’ PowerPoint is for your class to think spatially and gain both locational knowledge and place knowledge about Russia, the world’s largest country, by area.
The PowerPoint shows different ways of thinking about the size and scale of the world’s largest country.
A series of cryptic numbers are shown, and students must guess their meaning. This can be done as a book exercise, with answers at the end, or as a ‘hands up’ activity.
Russia is an enormous country, twice the size of the USA and 70 times the size of the UK
Russia has 14 neighbours
Students will have between five and ten minutes to apply themselves to completing a map of Russia using the first A4 hand-out
A class set of the A4 hand-outs will need to be printed
Atlases may need to be provided
Students will add scale, the North arrow and key features (this could include: Ural Mountains, important cities, neighbour states) to an outline map of Russia
Where Europe ends and Asia begins: the Ural Mountains
The movement of plates 250-300 million years ago resulted in collision and the uplift of the Urals.
As a class, students will be guided through the basics of tectonic theory, with reference to the PowerPoint provided for use with the main activity. This analyses tectonic maps and movements, augmented by photographs of the Urals today.
A class set of A3 worksheets will need to be printed. These show six snapshots of plate positions over the last 250 million years and students need to deduce the correct sequence of events. [They may need to be helped to understand that higher sea levels can make it look as if a continent is separating, when in fact it has been partially submerged.]
Working in pairs or individually, students will explore the sequence of events that led to the formation of the Urals and Russia.
The worksheets can be peer marked, self-marked or collected for teacher assessment.
Eurasia is the focus of a brief concluding PowerPoint presentation
In geography, the word Eurasia can be used instead of ‘Europe and Asia’, helping us to understand Russia’s location in the world
This will take no more than a couple of minutes, unless students are required to make notes, in which case allow a little longer
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