[ All about the EU ]
Europe. What's it all about?
'Europe is somewhere else.' This provocative statement opens the first chapter of this brochure. It is, of course, not true. Being right at the heart of Europe, we naturally have many questions about what 'Europe' means and what it does. For example, who governs Europe? What does the European Union mean for our everyday lives? Where is this continent heading in a globalised world? What is the future for Europe? All of these questions and more are broached here. The brochure is aimed at students aged between 13 and 18, and offers them the chance to read, learn and discuss the topics interactively. The brochure is accompanied by a teachers’ guide.
All u need is space
Space is not just about adventurous space travel of robots and humans, or studying astronomy and astrophysics. It can also be very down to Earth! The European Commission, European Space Agency and several national programmes are developing more and more space applications that can be used in our daily lives. You'll find many examples in this comic by joining Elena and her family and friends in their activities in the course of a 'normal' day. Follow Elena and enjoy the trip!
Entertaining quizzes in which your knowledge of Europe’s history and geography is tested – from rivers and mountains to capital cities, flags and monarchs. Do you know when Europe’s most famous battles were fought? Do you know which volcanoes are in which countries?
Geography of the European Union
On this website you can find practical maps with basic information on each EU country’s political system, history, economy, geography and traditional food. You can also download and order the leaflet 'Travelling in Europe 2013-14' which contains a map and plenty of advice for travelling.
Some 17 activities get students thinking about what the EU is, national and EU identity, languages and the pros and cons of Northern Ireland’s EU membership. Activities include discussions on how to make life easier for immigrants and how national identities vary, the use of symbols and keywords to describe countries, and online exercises. Each activity comes with pdf documents or links to useful websites.
Passport to the European Union
This booklet takes children on a tour of Europe, providing lighthearted insights into each country, including food, languages and famous people. Pictures introduce some of Europe’s most well-known and lesser known sights, including a statue of a mermaid in Copenhagen harbour and the rock where Greek goddess Aphrodite is said to have been born. The booklet comes with stickers of monuments and coins.
Journey through Europe
10 lesson plans, accompanied by materials and resources on European citizenship, spell out what it means to be European and what the EU does. The emphasis is on encouraging students to discover the EU for themselves.
The European Parliament: What’s that?
What is the European Parliament? Aimed at citizenship teachers, this package of resources includes issue-based lesson plans and activities that show students how EU laws and policies affect their lives. It also contains a DVD and an interactive CD-Rom. These are used with a smart board which has video clips, interactive games, sound files, teachers' notes and activity files.
Teaching resources TES
The world’s largest network of teachers – TES – brings together resources about the European Union. These games, lesson plans and activities posted by fellow teachers can be used to teach pupils about citizenship and Europe – from how the EU works to migration, history, the euro and geography.
S’cool agenda 2012-2013
This handy school diary has plenty of space to record timetables and homework, but is also packed full of fascinating facts about fundamental rights. Did you know that in some European schools, Roma children are kept separate from other children? Or that some clothes you can buy in Europe might have been made by children exploited by traffickers? The diary also proposes diverse activities to keep your students engaged, from role plays to a discussion on the effects of xenophobia.
[ Economy & Trade ]
Price stability: why is it important for you?
This teaching kit comprises a cartoon, a leaflet for pupils and a booklet for teachers. It aims to give teenagers a basic understanding of the importance of stable prices. The cartoon features two secondary school pupils, Anna and Alex, who learn how our monetary system works.
Watch the cartoon
Jump from roof to roof and collect euro coins as you go ahead. Find the country corresponding to each coin or try to spota fake banknote from a real one. With these games among others, learning about the euro will be fun for all.
[ Consumer rights ]
Empower your students with the practical consumer skills they need for real life! The Consumer Classroom website contains a host of resources to inspire teachers – on issues from social media to citizenship and consumer rights. It also allows teachers to build lessons online and share them with students, and to swap tips with other teachers through an EU-wide online community.
[ The EU and the world ]
Fighting poverty – the EU in action
These videos explain the objectives of EU development policy for a teenage audience and introduce projects in areas such as water, food security, conflict prevention and human rights. The videos explain why development aid is necessary in these areas and show how the EU can make a difference.
• General introduction [32 MB]
• Trade [19 MB]
• Water [18 MB]
• Environment [18 MB]
• Human rights [18 MB]
• Health [19 MB]
• Food security [21 MB]
• Education [17 MB]
• Infrastructures [19 MB]
• Conflict prevention [18 MB]