BCP DRAFT GEOG 19



Baltimore Curriculum Project Draft Lessons

Introductory Notes

These lessons generally follow the grade-by-grade topics in the Core Knowledge Sequence, but they have been developed independent of the Core Knowledge Foundation. While the Core Knowledge Foundation encourages the development and sharing of lessons based on the Core Knowledge Sequence, it does not endorse any one set of lesson plans as the best or only way that the knowledge in the Sequence should be taught.

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In participating BCP schools, these lessons are used in conjunction with the Direct Instruction skills programs in reading, language, and math. If you use or adapt these lessons, keep in mind that they are meant to address content and the application of skills. You will need to use other materials to ensure that children master skills in reading, language, and math.

First Grade - Geography - Lesson 11 - Review

Objectives

Recall names and placement of 7 continents.

Recall cardinal directions.

Identify and locate 3 oceans.

Materials

Classroom size world map

Globe

Procedure

Tell the children that you are going to review with them all the things they have learned so far about geography. Divide them into four teams according to the row they are sitting in (or any other simple, arbitrary way that doesn't involve children choosing their team mates). Each team will answer questions as a group or complete sentences that you begin (as in DI); then individuals from each group will be called on to identify and locate continents and oceans on the map to win additional points for their team. (If an individual does not give the correct answer, the teacher should provide it, so that the possibility for collecting extra points remains equal among the four teams.) The team with the most points at the end will win the review. Tell them you are quite sure that they know all of this material, and you will do the review with them at a fast pace. Identify each team with a name and keep a tally for each right or wrong answer on the blackboard. (Be sure to include any additional questions that you think will help prepare the children to move on with their geography/map skills.)

Questions about Cardinal Directions - Draw an unlabeled compass on the board. Ask for a volunteer from the first group to write the initial in the correct place for:

1. the direction that points towards the North Pole.

2. the initial for the direction opposite to North

3. the initial for the direction to the East

4. The initial for the direction to the West

Leave the compass prominently displayed on the board for the rest of the review.

Group Questions -

1. How many continents are in the world?

2 volunteers to locate them (one on world map, one on globe)

2. Which is the largest?

2 volunteers to locate it

3. What is the name of the continent we live on?

2 volunteers to locate it (one on world map, one on globe)

4. What is the name of the continent that is our neighbor to the south?

2 volunteers to locate it

More Group Questions -

1. Two continents share one large land mass. Name one of them.

2 volunteers to locate it

 

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First Grade - Geography - Lesson 11 - Review

2. Name the other one.

2 volunteers to locate it

3. Which continent is very cold and covered with ice?

2 volunteers to locate it

4. Which continent has the largest desert in the world?

2 volunteers to locate it

More Group Questions

1. What imaginary line divides the Earth horizontally?

2 volunteers to locate it

2. How many parts does it divide the Earth into?

3. Name the part of the world north of the equator.

4. Name the part of the world south of the equator.

More Group Questions

1. How many major oceans are in our world?

2. Name the ocean pointed to by a triangle that points south out of the continent of Asia.

2 volunteers to locate it

3. Name the ocean that is shaped like a huge S and borders the west coast of Africa.

2 volunteers to locate it

4. Name the ocean that is west of North America and east of Asia.

2 volunteers to locate it

Last Set of Questions

1. Name the country we live in.

2 volunteers to locate it

2. Name the country that is our neighbor to the north.

2 volunteers to locate it

3. Name the country that is our neighbor to the south.

2 volunteers to locate it

4. Name the state we live in.

2 volunteers to locate it





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First Grade - Geography - Lesson 12 - Review

Objectives

Indicate mastery of cardinal directions by participating in board game.

Gather and cover the papers for "My Geography Book."

Materials

Large board with compass printed in large initials in the center (directions below)

One pair large dice (directions below)

Papers and worksheets saved for contents of "My Geography Book"

Construction paper and crayons for making book covers

Procedure

In order to prepare the board for the game, use masking tape to join large sheets of neon poster board. Mark the large board with 7" x 7" squares to form a large square. Use two small, square containers or cartons to make cubes to use as a pair of dice. Mark the faces of one cube with the numbers 1 and 2 three times. Mark the other with N, S, E, and W on the six sides, repeating any two directions you choose.

Tell the class that some of them will be playing a game about direction (NSEW) for the first half of the period while those in the other group decorate the covers for their geography books. Then they will switch for the second half of the period. Do some brainstorming about what kinds of things the children might want to put on the covers of their books. When you feel they have some good ideas, say: Be sure to take time enough to make a really good cover. I will time the game so that each group has an equal amount of time. We do not necessarily have to wait for one team to win the game. That means everyone will have the same amount of time to participate in the game. Then divide the class in half. Send one half to their desks where crayons and construction paper have been laid out for them.

Have the group participating in the game divide into two teams. Have the children participate in pairs, one from each team. One of the pair rolls the dice for the other, who actually moves as the dice indicate. (Directions will be 2N, or 1S, etc. Each player begins at the edge dictated by the first throw of the dice; for example, if the first throw is 2E, the player starts at the western edge of the board, anywhere between N and S that he or she chooses.) Whoever gets to the center first is the winner. Remind the children that if a person is at the western edge of the board, and the dice say to move 1W, the turn is forfeited, since there is no possibility of moving farther in a westerly direction.

When the time is up, have the second group play the game for an equal length of time while the children from the first group decorate their book covers. Then tell all the children to take their covers and turn them face down on their desks. Have them gather their papers for making the geography booklet in the order in which the individual lessons dictated. You will probably have to call out that order for the children. Next, have them place each paper in order face down on top of the covers they have made. Finally, help them by stapling or stringing the book together, so that each child has the results of the whole unit in the book.