Lesson Plan


Amanda G.
Classroom teacher
Millard North Middle School
Omaha, United States
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My Grades 7
My Subjects Social Studies

Students will be able to locate and identify important physical features of Mexico by creating and interacting with maps and review activities.

Social Studies
Grades 6 – 8
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1 Hook/Attention Getter

Activity: Investigating

Project to students a physical map of Mexico. Ask them to identify 3 types of land features and 3 water features that have been discussed in class before.

Student Instructions

Our next unit of study is Mexico! Although they are our neighbors to the south, how much do you know about their physical geography?

With a shoulder partner, try and identify 3 types of land features and 3 water features that have been discussed in class before.

2 Map out Mexico

Using the Google draw application, students will need to locate and label important physical features of Mexico. 

Student Instructions
  1. Create a textbox. Drag it over the United States, label the U.S. using the color Green for text.
  2. Label Central America and color the text Green
  3. Label the Baja California Peninsula in red
  4. Label the Yucatan Peninsula in red
  5. Label the Rio Grande (or as they call it in Mexico, the Río Bravo) and trace it in Blue using the scribble tool.
  6. Label the Sierra Madre Occidental mountain range using brown text. (Sierra Madre =“mother range”)
  7. Label the Sierra Madre Oriental mountain range using orange text.
  8. Label the Sierra Madre del Sur mountain range using yellow text.
  9. Label the Mexican Plateau using purple text.
  10. Label the Gulf of California in light blue.
  11. Label the Gulf of Mexico in light blue.
  12. Label the Pacific Ocean in dark blue.
  13. Label the following cities in pink:
  • Mexico City
  • Monterrey
  • Guadalajara
  • Ciudad Juárez
  • Acapulco

3 Practice

Students should then practice their new discoveries by interacting with the material in multiple formats. 

Flashcards, a practice quiz and games that allow them to compete with their classmates.

Student Instructions

Are you ready to test your Mexico Map skills?

Great! Head to quizlet and practice with the flashcard feature. When you think you've got it, take the practice test. When you get a 95% or higher, move on to the scatter and gravity games and compete with your classmates!

4 Formative Assessment