Author:
Deanna Mayers, Bonnie Waltz, Tracy Rains
Subject:
Social Science, Political Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Level:
Upper Primary
Grade:
4, 5
Tags:
Continents, Globe, Regions, Social Studies
License:
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0
Language:
English
Media Formats:
Downloadable docs, Interactive, Text/HTML, Video
Communicating About Continents

Communicating About Continents

Lesson Overview

In this seminar you will learn about the large land masses that cover planet Earth. We call these land masses continents. You will learn the names and locations of each continent. By the end of this seminar, you will be able to construct a map of the 7 continents.

Standards

7.1.4.B Describe and locate places and regions as defined by physical and human features.

Task 1: Engage

Introductory warm-up activity

Complete a word association. List the words that come to mind when you think of the word “continent.” Compare your word list to the word list of a peer. What words did you have in common? What new words did you see?

Task 2: Explore

Read or watch the resources to learn about this concept, then do the practice activity.

 

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Read about each continent with the Discovery Kids continent site. As you read about the different continents, record two facts that you learned about each continent on this graphic organizer.  

Watch the Continent Song to learn the continent names and locations.

After watching the video, answer the following questions:

  • How many continents are there?

  • What are the names of all the continents?

  • What side of the world was Europe on?

  • What continent is at the southernmost part of the globe?

Use Google Earth to find the locations of the 7 continents.  Write the name of one country you see on each continent.

Extra Resources:

Task 3: Explain

Discuss your ideas / opinions / understandings.

Directions:

Think of a continent and write down clues to describe that continent. Think about the shape, location, and nearby continents on the map. Create these clues for each of the 7 continents.

Task 4: Evaluate

Now it is time to self check how much you have learned about the continents.  If you do not know as much as you thought, go back to the “Explore” section of this seminar and reread, rewatch, or redo the activities listed.  See your facilitator if you have questions.

Directions: 

Click here to take the quiz online. You do not have to log into the quiz site in order to take this quiz. If a window pops up asking you to sign up for the quiz site, just close the sign-up window and start your quiz.

Task 5: Elaborate

This is a task or project where you can show what you know.

Directions:

Create a map of the continents. You can choose the format in which you want to create this map. The formats are listed below. Each map should have all 7 continents in the proper location and labeled properly. You can view the rubric for this project here.

  • Draw your map on posterboard.

  • Use model magic to create a 3D map.

  • Create your map online using Sketchpad.

  • Other: is there another way you can create a map of the continents? If you think of one, share your idea with your learning facilitator.

Task 6: Express

Complete this wrap-up activity where you reflect on your learning.  

Write a paragraph to reflect on the following question: Do you think it important to learn the location and names of the continents? Why or why not?