Author:
Pam Batchelor
Subject:
English Language Arts, Earth Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Level:
Upper Primary
Grade:
3
Tags:
  • GEDB
  • Global Education
  • Land Forms
  • License:
    Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial
    Language:
    English
    Media Formats:
    eBook, Interactive, Text/HTML

    Education Standards

    GEDB Exploring Land Forms and Water Forms in Africa: Ask and Answer Questions Lesson 1 of 4

    GEDB Exploring Land Forms and Water Forms in Africa: Ask and Answer Questions Lesson 1 of 4

    Overview

    Students will use their prior knowledge of land forms and water forms to identify and recognize land forms and water forms in Africa. Students will use a KWL chart to specifically describe what they know about land forms and water forms specific to Africa. Students will use the online resource of Google Earth and Epic Books and ask and answer questions while using informational texts and text features to gain an understanding of Africa's geography.

    This lesson was developed by Anjali Nair as part of their completion of the North Carolina Global Educator Digital Badge program. This lesson plan has been vetted at the local and state level for standards alignment, Global Education focus, and content accuracy.

    Description:

    Students will use their prior knowledge of land forms and water forms to identify and recognize land forms and water forms in Africa. Students will use a KWL chart to specifically describe what they know about land forms and water forms specific to Africa. Students will use the online resource of Google Earth and Epic Books and ask and answer questions while using informational texts and text features to gain an understanding of Africa's geography.

    This lesson was developed by Anjali Nair as part of their completion of the North Carolina Global Educator Digital Badge program. This lesson plan has been vetted at the local and state level for standards alignment, Global Education focus, and content accuracy.

    Student Engagement/Motivation:

    • Students will explore Google Earth and places like Eastlawn Elementary school, the local walmart, the local park, the White House, the Statue of Liberty, the Grand Canyon, the Great Wall of China, Effiel Tower, the Pyramids of Egypt, and other African landmarks. 
    • Students will explore and follow along on Epic Books and read "Explore Africa," "Africa," and "Africa Habitats."
    • Students will start to fill out a KWL chart, the "I know" and the "I want to know" section. 
    • Students will continueouly ask and answer questions about the geography of Africa. 

    Learning Targets and Criteria for Success:

    • Students will be able to use prior knowledge to identify and classify land forms and water forms in Africa by using Google Earth 
    • Students will ask and answer questions about the geography of Africa while reading information texts on Epic Books.
    • Students will use a KWL chart to organzie information of they already know, want to know, and have learned about African geography. 

    Supplies:

    • Pencil 
    • SmartBoard/Internet Access (Epic Books, Google Earth)
    • KWL Graphic Organizer 

    Learning Tasks and Practice:

    1. The teacher will ask students to fill out a KWL chart of what they "Know" and what they "Want" to know about African land forms and water forms. Students will use prior knowledge about what they already learned about Earth's features and fill in the KWL chart on their own.
    2. The teacher will then have students sit on the carpet in front of the SmartBoard and the teacher will introduce Google Earth. The teacher will display on the SmartBoard areas in the community in which students are familar with and then look up famous and global monuments and land forms the students are also familar with. The teacher and students will be able to ask and answer questions to help guide exploration on Google Earth. 
    3. The teacher will then introduce a new online resource, Epic Books, and students will follow along on their on laptops at their desks. The teacher will read aloud "Africa," "Explore Africa," and "Africa Habitats" to help students get familar with the geogrpahy of Africa. In doing so, the teacher and students will continue to ask and answer questions about land forms and water forms of Africa. 
    4. Students will get to continue to add on to their KWL chart about more things they may "Want" to learn more about if something else sparks their interest. 

    Technological Engagement:

    • Google Earth 
    • Epic Books (online eBooks) 

    Collecting and Documenting Evidence of Learning:

    Students will use a KWL chart before we start learning specifically about African land forms and water forms. We will then come back to the chart and fill in what we "Learned" after students have presented their research papers.


    Feedback/Instructional Adjustments:

    The teacher will ask questions that are directly connected to the informational eBooks and have students ask and answer appropraite questions based on the information provided.

    The teacher will also provide feedack while having students fill out the KWL chart to help guide further instruction. In doing so, students will also able to add to their KWL chart through discussion as students share out what they already know and what they want to know about African geography.


    Extended Learning Opportunities:

    • Students can continue to looking up eBooks and videos of African Geography on Epic Books. Students can explore different topics and create a library of "favorite" books and videos under their own Epic Books account to view at another time. 
    •  Students can write about various things they learned about and quiz each other on relevant informational facts. 

     


    Teacher Reflection of Learning:

    I think this lesson went really well. Since we had just learned about specific land forms and water forms, it was great to be able to carry over this information and hone in specifically on Africa. Students were able to tell be what they already knew about landforms in Africa and what they wanted to learn more about. I will take these questions to help quide students to their research topics. Students also enjoyed using Google Earth and seeing real life images of our community, famous monuments and landforms around the world, and then being able to see specifically the geography of Africa.  Students asked some really good questions that helped guide what we were looking up on Google Earth. Students were also engaged with the online eBooks on Epic Books. Students having their own laptops was also a great way for students to follow along with me on the SmartBoard. I think using Epic Books will continue to be an educational resource for our class!