Current affairs (noun) Definition: Events of political or social interest and importance happening in the world at the present time.
Natural disaster(noun) Definition: An event such as a flood, earthquake, or hurricane that causes great damage or loss of life.
Event (noun) Definition: A thing that happens or takes place, especially one of importance
News of the recent devastating hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires and floods that wreak havoc on our world fill our news feed and reports every day. There are threats, attacks and wars loom. People riot and protest and terrorists cause death and destruction. New presidents and world leaders are elected. Heroes save lives and humanitarian aid rescues those in distress. This is current affairs.
It is good to keep a record of current affairs, natural disasters and other major events happening around the world. By regularly taking note of current affairs, your children will significantly enrich their general knowledge. By placing world news, extreme weather disturbances, disasters and major events onto a map your children will form meaningful connections to their Geography, History and Social Studies lessons.
Simply use my maps, flags and blank calendar page download (found on my Packages Page), or clip news articles to a bulletin board or onto a map each week.
This brand new 20-page Package download includes ~
- world maps
- political maps for each continent with countries identified
- thumbnail-sized flags for every country,
- symbols for natural and man-made disasters to use on maps
- colour-codes to highlight different events on the calendar
- blank calendar pages to use to record significant events each month.
- Filled-in current affairs calendar from January to September 2017 which I compiled using Wikipedia. These events have hyperlinks so that you can simply click the link to read the full articles.
- The calendar is not dated, so it is a perpetual calendar download which you can print out each year as needed.
You can use the symbols and colour codes to mark these events on your world map or on the calendar. Add country’s flags if you wish. Cut out and paste newspaper clippings to add to your current affairs boards. This is a quick, 10-minute lesson once a week. We posted our current affairs pages on a clipboard on our Notice Board for quick and easy reference.
While this current affairs topic list is aimed at senior primary school to high school children, you can modify what events you cover to suit your children’s ages and interests. Please note: Terrorist activity can be very disturbing for children. Use your discretion when covering wars and political affairs.
Here are some good current affairs websites ~
- FREE Maps by http://d-maps.com/
- http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/ Excellent! Pictures from around the world
- https://www.theguardian.com/news/series/24hoursinpictures Last 24 hours in pictures adult content. (Please preview before sharing with your children.)
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:2017_natural_disasters but click the home page and look at “In the news” on the right sidebar for major events of the month.
- http://www.newsnow.co.uk/h/Current+Affairs/International News headlines with country flags from all around the world. (Click each link and preview all articles due to sensitive content.)
You can purchase this download on my Packages Page. Thank you so much for your support!