Lesson Plan

Geography and CyberSafety

Using a combination of geography and technology students will explore geography and global connections.
Patricia B.
Classroom teacher
Southside Elementary School
Huntington, WV
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My Grades 1
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts

Students will be able to...  navigate a globe or world map and connect the navigation to an internet search or insertion of information on a website (cybersafety).




ask and answer questions about key details in an informational text. (CCSS RI.1.1)


participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.


  • follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion).

  • build on others’ talk in conversations by responding to the comments of others through multiple exchanges.

  • ask questions to clear up any confusion about the topics and texts under discussion.


SS.1.G.5 utilize appropriate global information systems including maps, globes and geographic technology


SS.1.G.1 reflects an understanding of cardinal directions, map symbols in a legend, geographic landforms (e.g., mountains, lakes, rivers), and location by interpreting simple maps.






English Language Arts
Social Studies
Grades 1
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1 Hook

Activity: Investigating

"In this game, designed for ages 8-10, the CyberPigs play on their favourite website and encounter marketing ploys, spam and a close encounter with a not-too-friendly wolf.

The purpose of the game is to teach kids how to spot online marketing strategies, protect their personal information and avoid online predators.

The accompanying Teacher's Guide explains how to play the game, gives background information on the issues of online marketing, spam and children's privacy and provides activities and handouts for classroom use."- as sited on


Take an online field trip to -


1. Imagine- it is a 30 minute bus ride to visit the penguins...pretend to go...

2. Watch penguins for 5 to 10 minutes

3. Pretend the return trip also...

2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Exploring

Introduce key terms- Internet and Online-  Globe, map, Compass Rose, north, south, east, west, continent, ocean

Using "The Continent Song" (1:56) on youtube - review continent locations and names.

Using http://kids.nationalgeographic.com

Visit the game section and review world map with the copycat activity-


3 Guided Practice

Activity: Presenting

Using Common Sense Media (commonsense.org)  K-2 Lesson: Going Places Safely

Begin with the "teach 2" section with an Internet Field Trip

Next- "teach 3" section with My Favorite Place




4 Independent Practice

Explore App - Planet Geo educatinal games to learn geography for kids and teenagers- in teams locate a place they would like to visit.  Group creates a poster of the place they wish to go and at bottom write the safety rules for going places online.

Make sure to provide share time with the groups.

5 Wrap-Up

Activity: Creating

Using the "Show me" app- each group creates a production to share that focuses on the rules for visiting places online.