Where-Question 2. Living things where I live

enlightenedEach  "Discussion Questions" and "Activities" are optional. Decide with your students what questions to answer, what activities to work on and which final products you will share here.

2. Question: Living Things where I Live


Now that we have found each other on the map and have learned a little about the cities and towns where our online friends live, let's take a look around and see who and what live there! Which plants and animals?  Ask your online  friends about their places. They are probably very interested to learn about your area, too. 

Discussion Questions:

  • How many people live in your country? Who calculates it?  Does your government take a census of your people? This is an activity when all the people in an area are counted for official purpose. Is it done all the time or just sometimes? How often is it done? What do these numbers tell? 
  • Has the population of your area grown over the past 50 years or declined? Do you know the reason for the answer? 
  • What is the average age of your population? Are there more older people or younger people? Are there many families with young children in your town or village? 
  • Do elderly grandparents live with their family or might we find them in nursing homes? 
  • How do people earn their living where you live? Is your area full of hard working farmers, industrial laborers, businessmen and women, scientists or academics? Do people work at home or elsewere? 
  • Does the land help determine occupations at your place? Do you live in a resort town where recreational activities feed the economy? 
  • Is there a university in your area or close to you where young people can study for various jobs?
  • How do the people in your area spend their free time? recreational activities, hobbies? 
  • What animals and plants are native to your region? Are there any endangered animals where you live? How are they protected?
  •  What mode of transportation in your town would we use? Would we go by foot, bike, car, bus, subway or train? 
  • What kinds of games do kids in your city play? Do you have parks where these games are played? What kinds of games are played at school? Do you have a Sports Day at the end of the school year?


Activities (suggestion)

  • What are the main occupations of the parents of the students in your group? How can you find out? As a class, brainstorm ways to get this information. Share it with our group and then compare the results. Why do you think there are differences? What does this tell you about your village, town or city? 
  • Talk to mom, dad, extended family members, neighbors and friends and gather recipes that are specific to your region. You can illustrate your recipe in your page or make a recipe book to share it with other online participants.
  • Take pictures of the habitat of plants and animals in your town. . Is there a zoo close by or an aquarium? 
  • Make a bulletin board display about special people or places in your city, town or country. Add a drawing. 
  • Make a dictionary of important phrases for visitors who do not speak your language. Add pictures to help them remember the words.
  •  Write a persuasive letter encouraging your online friends to visit your city. Be sure to support your position with details. 
  • Illustrate to your online friends your favourite game and share it in your  pages.
  • Plan a Multicultural Sports Day and learn a new game from a country other than your own.  
  • Write the answers to the questions " Living Things where I Live".
  • Save them and your pictures on your  pages where you will add the answers to the next three  questions. See Nainas's answers, from Uzbekistan as sample (2002-03) or Fresno school pages

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