Plan a Trip Project - Lesson 1 (Total Time= 45 Minutes)
1 Hook/Lesson Introduction - Time/duration: 5 minutes
Tell students to go directly to their computer and use Padlet to answer the question posted on the Smart board Where is your family from?
Tell students that they will have 2 minutes to answer the question and that a timer will be posted (in a split screen) on the Smartboard for them to see.
Tell them that fast finishers (students who answer all the questions before time is up) should read other students' responses and be ready to share if they learned something new from a friend.
(Prerequisite skill: Students have learned how to use Padlet in previous lessons.)
When students have returned to the meeting area and introduce the project by saying to students:
Today, I had you each post where your family is from. I asked you to do this because we are going to be starting a project where we will be exploring world geography and world communities.
I thought that taking a look at the places are families are from might be a good introduction to geography and world communities.
Does anyone know what the word geography means?
Turn to your partner and tell them what you think geography means.
Geography is the science of the earth's surface and all life on it. When studying geography, one learns about the different countries and people of the earth, its climate, its natural resources, and its oceans, rivers, and mountains. (Definition taken from Kids' Wordsmyth https://kids.wordsmyth.net/we/?rid=17150&ent_l=geography)
Raise your hand if your partner shared this definition or something close to it with you.
Students will go to their computers and post their answers to the question on the Smart board on Padlet, then come back to the meeting area.
2 Direct Instruction/Mini-lesson - Time/duration: 10 minutes
Let's use Google Earth to take a look at where 1 or 2 of our classmates' families are from on a virtual globe.
Randomly pick 2 students and show the class the locations those students shared on Google Earth.
Raise your hand if you know what a continent and a country are and the difference between them.
For each of the locations shown ask students to raise their hand if they think the location is a continent.
Show/explain whether the location that each of the students shared is a country or a continent on Google Earth.
We are going to watch a BrainpopJr. video to learn more about continents.
(Prerequisite skill: Students have learned how to use BrainPopJr. in previous lessons.)
Note: Video watching activity can be done as a whole group activity on the Smartboard or students can watch on their own device in a 1:1 environment or small groups if you have less devices. In the latter cases, the link to the BrainpopJr. video can be posted on your class/subject area Google site.
Then we are going to answer some questions about what we learned using a new tool called Kahoot.
Show students the lesson agenda or lesson flow that shows/outlines the activities they will participate in and read it out loud.
- Watch video titled Continents and Oceans
- Turn and talk to your table partner about what you learned
- Answer the questions on Kahoot to share what we've learned - when the timer has rung and everyone is done w/ step 1 & 2
Quickly show students what image thumbnail link looks like. (This does not need to be modeled because students have accessed this page before and know how to do it. Just show them what the link looks like on the grade 3 page.)
Remember to think about what the video is teaching you about geography and continents.
Model/explain for students where/how to click on the link to the Kahoot you've created (on the Grade 3 page) and answer the questions (e.g. What is a continent?, etc.)
Students will watch/listen to teacher in the meeting area.
3 Guided Practice - Time/duration: 5 minutes
Have students go to their computers and follow you step by step as you show them how/where to access the links to the BrainpopJr. video, Kahoot question/quiz on the Smart board. (Teacher will repeat steps he/she just did in the meeting area with students.)
I am going to show you how/where to access each resource we are using in today's lesson.
Give students the following directions:
Watch the Smart board (or watch your screen - if teacher is in a lab with the ability to screenshare e.g., using Remote Desktop). When I say "now you try" then you will do it on your computer.
4 Independent Practice - Time/duration: 20 minutes
1. circulate around the room
2. observe students
3. provide support to individual students where necessary
4. pull a small group to the Smart board for a review if he/she notices that several students are having a similar issue
5. assess & record data (digital checklist) and notes on student performance
1. Go to their computers and watch video
2. Turn and talk with their table partner
3. Complete hard quiz on BrainpopJr. (if time permits students may print their quiz)
3. Post answers to questions posted on Kahoot
Extension activity for fast finishers:
Play Sortify: Continents and Oceans game that accompanies the BrainpopJr. video they watched.
5 Wrap-Up - Time/duration: 5 minutes
Teacher will post the following discussion prompt on Smart board in Google Slide (which will also be linked/embedded on class Google site, so each student can access/see it on their computer):
Share with your table partner 1 new fact you were surprised to learn about continents and oceans and/or 1 thing you are still wondering about geography, continents or oceans.
Students will come back to the meeting area.
Teacher will show Kahoot results & Padlet responses & choose 1 to 2 student responses on each that summarize the learning objectives for this lesson.
Each student will turn and talk with their table partner and share 1 new fact he/she was surprised to learn about continents and oceans and/or 1 thing he/she is still wondering about geography, continents or oceans.