Subjects & Disciplines
- English Language Arts
- develop generalizations about physical features and their impacts on country borders
- research examples of physical features in Europe that intersect with country borders in interesting ways
- define the rules for dividing natural resources of an ocean or sea
- create a map defining those borders
- Cooperative learning
- Hands-on learning
21st Century Student Outcomes
- Information, Media, and Technology Skills
- Learning and Innovation Skills
Critical Thinking Skills
- Geographic Skills
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
Depending on the depth of the research, this activity could take one class period or up to several days.
Recommended Prior Lessons
natural or artificial line separating two pieces of land.
large settlement with a high population density.
gradual changes in all the interconnected weather elements on our planet.
edge of land along the sea or other large body of water.
a disagreement or fight, usually over ideas or procedures.
geographic territory with a distinct name, flag, population, boundaries, and government.
learned behavior of people, including their languages, belief systems, social structures, institutions, and material goods.
zone extending 200 nautical miles off a country's coast. A country has the right to explore and exploit the living and nonliving things in its EEZ.
to use or take advantage of for profit.
series or chain of mountains that are close together.
a material that humans take from the natural environment to survive, to satisfy their needs, or to trade with others.
large body of salt water that covers most of the Earth.
naturally occurring geographic characteristics.
place on a body of water where ships can tie up or dock and load and unload cargo.
large stream of flowing fresh water.
large part of the ocean enclosed or partly enclosed by land.
increase in the average reach of the ocean. The current sea level rise is 1.8 millimeters (.07 inch) per year.
use of resources in such a manner that they will never be exhausted.
buying, selling, or exchanging of goods and services.
movement of people or goods from one place to another.
For Further Exploration
Articles & Profiles
- National Geographic Education: Europe—Resources
- National Geographic Education: Europe—Physical Geography
- National Geographic Education: Europe MapMaker Kit
- NG MapMaker Interactive: Europe
- NG MapMaker 1-Page Map: Europe