This lesson plan will take your students on an adventure where they will be the protagonists rediscovering Geography. An adventure where they will learn two of the five Geographic Properties that makes each place unique. Those properties are Human and Physical Characteristics.
You will be able to guide them in an interesting step-by-step quest where they will reflect about common things that usually remain unnoticed but are crucial to making each place unique.
It all begins with a writing prompt that encourages students to picture their favorite place to travel, naturally supporting their choice. A moment of reflection follows when students will have to come up with facts concerning the human and physical characteristics of a place. The lesson closes with an interesting activity that will allow them to brainstorm and share their ideas. They will then list a characteristic in a notecard one by one at the end of the class.
Their mastery is then evaluated with homework, formative and summative assessment.
The Lesson Plan Includes:
• Step-by-step Instructions for the Teacher;
• Student Handouts;
• Geographic Characteristics Handout (Physical/Human);
Common Core Standards Grades 6-8
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.7
Integration of Visual Information: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.1
Improve the capacity to write arguments to support claims, using clear reasons and relevant evidence.
Standards in This Lesson Plan
National Council for Social Studies Curriculum Standards
Theme 3: People, Places, and Environments.
National Geography Standards
Standard 4: The physical and human characteristics of places.
To reinforce this lesson and the assessment of your students consider the complementary Physical and Human Characteristics of Place Mini Folder Project designed to improve the effectiveness of this lesson and provide you extra assessment tools. Are your students ready to rediscover the fascinating world of Geography?