Over the years I have come to love mnemonic devices. It teaches the students a great way to learn numerous items in a fun way. I've included the interactive notebook map pages we used to teach the geography unit. There are also some fantastic online games (Thank you Mrs. King) you can play with your students as well on the Smart Board. Game 1, Game 2, Game 3, Game 4, Game 5
Here are the words I use:
Mexico and Central America
Some of you may be wondering about the capitals. I don't make the students memorize them. I go over them and teach them, but our dept decided (Thank you Mrs. West) it isn't the MOST important thing to know. Students will pick these up as we go. However, the locations of the countries are SUPER important. I offer the capitals as bonus on the map test. I'm also allowing them to cash in bonus points for homework passes this year as well. It's amazing when you don't make capitals a mandatory part of the test how many students push themselves to learn all the capitals too! I enjoy teaching the kids a skill that they will use for the rest of their lives to memorize and learn numerous facts and details. It really works! Enjoy!