Complete Introduction to Continents and Oceans Unit (World Map)

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Everything you need for an engaging introduction unit about the Continents and Oceans. It is designed around a 5E model to help make lesson planning easy and includes a list of vocabulary words covered throughout the unit.

Includes: 4 PowerPoint presentations, 12 Student Handouts, a Teacher Quick Reference Guide, 5 Teacher Answer Keys, a rubric, an assessment, and a Review Game

1. ENGAGE: World Mental Map Activity- Continents and Oceans

Where in the world?!?! A fun and engaging lesson to introduce or review the continents and oceans. Students imagine they have won a trip around the world. But, do they even know where they are going?!?! Read the clues as students create their own mental maps of the world. This entertaining lesson allows you to easily preview your students familiarity with the topic. Includes student- made maps for their interactive notebooks. Two levels of the student practice handout are included to help you easily differentiate in your classroom based on the students' abilities.

2. EXPLORE: An Introduction to the World Map

Interactive Notebooks are a regular part of an intermediate and middle school Social Studies classroom. This presentation provides discussion questions, vocabulary definitions, brain breaks, and examples to teach the basics of world physical and political maps. Students record definitions and complete a visual handout for their notebooks. The two-sided student handout allows students to apply their knowledge of the vocabulary by creating a graphic organizer and illustrating concepts in a scenario where they are helping a group of foreign tourists understand the meanings of words in English.

3. EXPLAIN: Practice Activities (Maps, Continents, and Oceans)

Practice world map skills using a variety of resources to appeal to all types of learners in your class. First create a map ideal for interactive notebooks of the hemispheres to reference all year. Next, lead the class through a practice activity that will keep students happy and engaged, while you easily assess individual learning. Three different student practice handouts are included to review all the concepts covered in the lesson (continents and oceans, directions, hemispheres, lines on a globe, political and physical maps)

4. ELABORATE: Torn World Maps

Aliens have abducted your class and need help finding Earth again to return them! Use this unique and challenging tear map project as a reference map in student interactive notebooks when completed. This engaging activity encourages students to analyze and memorize details of the world map while having fun at the same time. Students always remember this activity!

5. EVALUATE- Review Game and Assessment

Everything you need to end an introduction unit on the continents and oceans in an intermediate or middle school classroom! Review main concepts in an entertaining way with a game of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire”. A template is included for easy, student self-monitored scoring. A 26 question assessment measures student learning in a variety of formats.

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Complete Introduction to Continents and Oceans Unit (World Map)
Complete Introduction to Continents and Oceans Unit (World Map)
Complete Introduction to Continents and Oceans Unit (World Map)
Complete Introduction to Continents and Oceans Unit (World Map)