Subjects & Disciplines
- World history
- make generalizations about what they have learned about changes in Europe
- identify similar patterns of change in their local area or state
- identify how political borders have changed over the past 100 years
- compare changes in political borders to physical and cultural features of Europe
- Cooperative learning
- Hands-on learning
- Visual instruction
Connections to National Standards, Principles, and Practices
What You’ll Need
The resources are also available at the top of the page.
- Internet Access: Required
- Internet access: Required
- Tech Setup: 1 computer per classroom, Projector
- Large-group instruction
- Small-group instruction
Before starting the activity, make transparencies of key maps. Print the following maps on transparency paper: Europe, 1920; Europe, 1960; and The European Union, 2011.
Before starting this activity, you will need to gather electronic or hard copy versions of several maps of your state or local area over time.
Recommended Prior Lessons
natural or artificial line separating two pieces of land.
geographic territory with a distinct name, flag, population, boundaries, and government.
sixth-largest continent and the western part of the Eurasian landmass, usually defined as stretching westward from the Ural mountains.
association of European nations promoting free trade, ease of transportation, and cultural and political links.
symbolic representation of selected characteristics of a place, usually drawn on a flat surface.
naturally occurring geographic characteristics.
any area on Earth with one or more common characteristics. Regions are the basic units of geography.
political unit in a nation, such as the United States, Mexico, or Australia.
(1914-1918) armed conflict between the Allies (led by the United States, the United Kingdom, and France) and the Central Powers (led by Germany and Austria-Hungary). Also called the Great War.
(1939-1945) armed conflict between the Allies (represented by the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Soviet Union) and the Axis (represented by Germany, Italy, and Japan.)
For Further Exploration
Articles & Profiles
- National Geographic Education: Europe—Physical Geography
- National Geographic Education: Europe—Human Geography
- National Geographic Education: Europe MapMaker Kit
- NG MapMaker 1-Page Map: Europe
- NG MapMaker Interactive: Europe