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.

Kindergarten - Geography - November - Overview

This month the Continent Song introduced in October will be reviewed and built upon to help children review the names of the continents and now learn the names of the oceans. It remains important that the song be sung routinely while the teacher points to the locations on the world map.

As the children learn the names of the oceans, you may wish to delve further into ocean life. The following book selections are excellent read aloud choices.

Suggested Books

Bowden, Joan Chase. Why the Tides Ebb and Flow. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1979.

Domanska, Janina. If All the Seas Were One Sea. New York: Macmillan, 1989.

Hoff, Sid. Albert and the Albatross. New York: Harper, 1961.

Lionni, Leo. Swimmy. New York: Scholastic, 1983.

Malnig, Anita. Where the Waves Break: Life at the Edge of the Sea. Minneapolis: Carolrhoda,


Peet, Bill. Kermit the Hermit. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1965.

Wood, John Norris. Nature Hide & Seek - Oceans. New York: Knopf, 1985.


Kindergarten - Geography - Lesson 7


Review and recall the names and locations of the seven continents through singing.

Gain familiarity with the names and locations of the four oceans through singing.


A world map



Gather the children in a group on the floor where they can easily see the world map. Point to one of the continents and ask: Who remembers what the large bodies of land on the map are called? (continents) Have children repeat the word continent. Say: We are going to learn a new verse to our continent song today. First let's sing the part we already know. Sing the first verse and be sure to point to each continent as the children sing.

The Continent Song

(Sing to the tune of Love and Marriage)

North America,

South America,

Europe, Asia, and Africa,

Don't forget Antarctica

Or way down under in Australia.

Check carefully that the children are correctly pronouncing the names of the continents. Children must be firm on the first verse before going on with the song.

Say: Today we are going to talk about the large bodies of water on the map. Point to the oceans and ask: Does anyone know what the large bodies of water on the map are called? (oceans) Say: The large bodies of water on the map are called oceans. Firm up. Explain to the children that there are four oceans. Point out that the Pacific Ocean is labeled two separate times on a map. Compare the globe to the map and review how the globe is a true representation of the earth because it is round. Show the Pacific Ocean on the globe and point out how it really is one large ocean, not two separate oceans as shown on a map. This is a difficult concept for many children. Spend time comparing the globe and map.

Teach children the second verse of the Continent Song by singing slowly and carefully. Again, point to each location on the map and sing by yourself several times. Alert children to be good listeners so they can join in the singing when they are comfortable with the words. As the children gain familiarity with the song, go back and add the first verse again. Make the Continent Song verses one and two part of the morning routine for the month of November. Always pull the map down and point to the locations as you sing. The song will add the North and South Pole and the equator as locations on a map. Point to these locations as you sing; lessons concerning these places will be added later.


Kindergarten - Geography - Lesson 7

Continent Song (Verse Two)

(Sing to the tune Love and Marriage)

Atlantic Ocean,

Pacific Ocean,

Indian, Arctic, they're both oceans.

North Pole, South Pole, Equator,

I know all about maps and globes!

Suggested Follow Up

Read any of the books about ocean life to the children. See November Overview for suggestions.