Completing Spain: Rivers Worksheet
- Draw a map of Spain on the board. Add and label a few cities and rivers. Then invite different pupils to add other cities and rivers. Ask questions about the cities and rivers, eg Which cities are in the north? Which rivers flow into the Mediterranean Sea? When a city is mentioned, stress that it’s in the north/south/east/west or it’s in the centre; when talking about rivers, use the expressions starts in and flows into, eg Oviedo is in the north of Spain … The Guadalquivir starts in the Cazorla Mountains and flows into the Atlantic Ocean.
- Write Guadalquivir on the board. Then write It is ___ km long. It starts in ______. It flows through ______. It flows into the _____. Explain the difference between flow through (a city) and flow into (a sea). Elicit sentences about the Guadalquivir and write them on the board.
- Ask the pupils to read the text in Activity 1 and complete the table. Help with vocabulary as necessary and check answers with the class when they have finished.
- Look at the information in Activity 2 with the class. Elicit complete sentences orally, eg The Miño is 340 kilometres long. The Nervión flows through Bilbao.
- Ask the pupils to write sentences about the rivers in Activity 2 in their notebooks. Encourage them to follow the models in Activity 1.
Answers: The Miño is 340 kilometres long. It starts in the Meira Mountains and flows through Lugo and Ourense. It flows into the Atlantic Ocean near La Guardia. It produces hydroelectricity.
The Nervión is 72 kilometres long. It starts in the Cantabrian Mountains and flows through Bilbao. It flows into the Cantabrian Sea near Portugalete. It was very polluted but it’s cleaner now.
The Tagus is more than 1.000 kilometres long. It starts in the Albarracín Mountains and flows through Aranjuez and Toledo. It flows into the Atlantic Ocean at Lisbon. It’s the longest river in the Iberian Peninsula.
Memory game. Ask the pupils to study the information about the different rivers for a few minutes and then tell them to put their worksheets away. Draw a table on the board (see below) and write the names of some of the rivers in the first column. Divide the class into two groups. The groups take turns to choose and complete one of the cells in the table. If their answer is correct, they win the cell and a point. The group with the most points at the end of the activity is the winner!
- Ask the class Are rivers important? Why? Explain that rivers are very important because they are full of life. Fish, microorganisms and plants live in rivers. They also produce electricity.
- Go through the words in the box in Activity 3. Read the text with the class and check comprehension. Then ask the pupils to write the words in the gaps. Check answers.
Answers: 1-Mediterranean Sea; 2-long; 3-Portugal; 4-deepest; 5-life; 6-salmon
Pupils draw a map of Spain in their notebooks and, using the information from the worksheet, label the seas, rivers and cities. Encourage them to colour their maps and add illustrations.
Challenge your pupils to identify the rivers in Spain by playing an interactive game here!