# The Continent Game

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Ask them how they could verify their conclusions. ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES: Provide a set of envelopes for each seven children, and each group writes their predictions on the board. Have students work in pairs or triads to develop an ordering rule and collect the data. Use their rule with the whole class. Hint: often these facts can be found in a "fact box" in an encyclopedia article. Students might create a data base if a computer is available. Data could be collected by country and manipulated to provide continental estimates of various natural resources, arable land, GNP, per capita income, literacy, religion, etc. Ask the students compute the percentage of each item that each continent has (22% of the land area, 35% of the population, etc.). Ask the students to research to see if conclusions drawn earlier can be verified. Ask the students to predict how various rankings will change in 100 years. Why? What are other factors that might keep this from happening?

TYING IT ALL TOGETHER: This activity is an awareness lesson to familiarize the students with basic geographic and demographic information. It could be used in conjunction with a study of natural resources and conservation, population and urbanization studies, or other social science topics. Data for the continent cards (Grolier's NEE, 1990): CAUTION: this particular data was collected by students - it has not been verified by an adult. Land area: Africa: 30,330,000 sq km (11,710,500 sq mi) Antarctica: 14,250,000 sq km (630,000 sq mi) Asia: 44,444,100 sq km (17,159,995 sq mi) Australia: 7,682,300 sq km (2,966,151 sq mi) Europe: 10,531,623 sq km (4,066,281 sq mi) North America: 24,249,000 sq km (9,363,000 sq mi) South America: 17,804,526 sq km (6,874,600 sq mi) Population: Africa: 601,000,000 (1987 est.) Antarctica: several thousand in summer, only a few in winter Asia: 2,777,274,500 (1984 est.)

Australia: 16,500,000 (1988 est.) Europe: 683,000,000 (1980 est.) North America: 410,750,000 (1987 est.) South America: 286,000,000 (1988 est.) Population Density: Africa: 51.0 per sq km Antarctica: less than one per sq km Asia: 62.0 per sq km Australia: 2.1 per sq km Europe: 65.0 per sq km North America: 18.6 per sq km South America: 16.0 per sq km Annual Growth: Africa: 2.8% Antarctica: 0.0% Asia: 1.7% Australia: 0.8% Europe: 0.4% North America: 0.7% South America: 2.1%

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