[All about the EU]
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 the country’s political system, history, economy, geography and traditional food.
In addition to the website, here you can download a wall chart with the map of Europe and here you can download and order a leaflet « Travelling in Europe 2012-13 » with a map and plenty of advice for travelling.
The EU Explained
Quizzes, a history of the EU, lesson plans, role plays, guidance on arranging visits to Brussels and visits from MEPs are all included within the toolkit, along with teacher’s notes and lesson plans. A role play on the EU and illegal downloading sees students representing the Council of Ministers and MEPs as they seek to agree on a new law.
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.
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.
[Economy & Trade]
Price stability: why is it important for you?
This animated film, the accompanying leaflets for pupils and the teachers' booklet, are intended to give teenagers a basic understanding of the importance of stable prices. The film features two secondary school pupils, Anna and Alex, who learn how our monetary system works. The leaflets have an easy-to-understand overview of the topic, whereas the booklet covers it in greater detail.
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.
[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]
The story of three generations of farmers
From providing food during the difficult years of the Second World War to converting farm waste into low carbon biogas – farming has changed a lot over the last 60 years. This booklet will take your pupils through the challenges that farmers have faced, and show how the EU has helped along the way – for example when cattle contracted foot and mouth disease – and how new technologies are helping today's farmers meet fresh challenges.