- demonstrate how physical and cultural features could be used to define country borders
- discuss their ideas about which features are most important in establishing good borders
- explain and compare their border selections based on physical and cultural features
- discuss other factors that could impact where borders are established
- Cooperative learning
- Discovery learning
- Hands-on learning
- 21st Century Student Outcomes
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: Optional
- Tech Setup: 1 computer per classroom, Projector
- Heterogeneous grouping
- Large-group instruction
- Small-group instruction
Optional: Before starting the activity, increase the size and make full-sized transparencies of the four maps on the worksheet Draw Political Borders, by printing the images on transparency paper.
Recommended Prior Lessons
natural or artificial line separating two pieces of land.
symbol indicating the cardinal directions (N, S, E, W).
one of the seven main land masses on Earth.
geographic territory with a distinct name, flag, population, boundaries, and government.
large area of land.
set of sounds, gestures, or symbols that allows people to communicate.
explanation of symbols and abbreviations used on a map, also known as a key.
symbolic representation of selected characteristics of a place, usually drawn on a flat surface.
landmass that forms as tectonic plates interact with each other.
a material that humans take from the natural environment to survive, to satisfy their needs, or to trade with others.
naturally occurring geographic characteristics.
imaginary line separating one political unit, such as a country or state, from another.
any area on Earth with one or more common characteristics. Regions are the basic units of geography.
a system of spiritual or supernatural belief.
available supply of materials, goods, or services. Resources can be natural or human.
large stream of flowing fresh water.
For Further Exploration
Articles & Profiles
- National Geographic Education: Europe—Resources
- National Geographic Education: Europe—Physical Geography
- National Geographic Education: Europe—Human Geography
- National Geographic Education: Europe MapMaker Kit
- NG MapMaker Interactive: Europe
- NG MapMaker 1-Page Map: Europe
- Europe MapMaker Kit