In February 2009 we did a similar activity which was very successful. In November we repeated the activity as part of a weeks activity to celebrate Diversity. Here are are a few pictures of the activity in February -
The main problem that I found using the wire was that it looked quite messy. The overall effect was good and it was quite asthetic but because the flags hadn't been laid out neatly a number of flags (and therefore names) ended up actually on the map. This made it difficult to see some countries. The main materials needed were
- Large display boards
- A large roll of white paper - wall paper/industrial printer paper or possibly fabric.
- Flags of countries downloaded from somewhere like http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Flag
- Drawing pins
- Staple gun and staples
- Masking tape
- Instructions for students with low literacy - made using photos taken of the basic steps
- A world map
- A pen on a piece of string
- Blu-tack or some other way of fixing card to the display
- Pieces of card for students to write their names on
Using the photos taken I reflected with the students upon the positive and negative aspects of the previous session. This gave us a number of ideas to focus on when we set up the display. Here is a video that I made (which is also on my YouTube page, link below) -
Please watch it and use it for personal inspiration or to inspire the group you work with. Why not leave a comment on YouTube, if you have an account?
By the end of the activity, 274 students from 62 countries took part in the activity!
Here are some graphs depicting the data captured
You can find the Excel file, showing the data, here - http://www.scribd.com/doc/24959760/World-Stats-2009