Lesson Plan

Traveling the World- Let's Visit New Orleans

This App Flow will allow students to be engaged while discussing the culture and geography of the city of New Orleans, Louisiana

Students will be able to...grasp an understanding of the culture and city of New Orleans through engaging activities and discussions 

Social Studies
cultural understanding
Grades 2 - 4
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook

After insuring that every child has the Kids Paint Free app, allow students to draw the first thing they think about when they hear New Orleans. Remember that this is an engagement activity and that some students will draw something related to the topic and some students won't because they have not yet learned about the culture of New Orleans. Use this time to walk around and assess the drawings. Use this time to also get in touch with how much prior knowledge your class has on the geography and culture and New Orleans. 

2 Direct Instruction

After instructing students to wrap up their drawings, begin pulling up the presentation. Once students have finished their works of art, allow them to all hold up their drawings (be sure to be complementary towards them.) Ask for volunteers to share what their drawings are, if no one wants to, that is fine, and if everyone wants to, that is also fine. After the sharing has ceased, begin presentation about New Orleans 

3 Guided Practice

Allow students to get with their classroom partners and once insuring that the safe filter is on their devices, allow them to search the topics of 

-New Orleans

-Cajun Food

- Blues Music 

(and anything else you find fitting for this lesson) 

Allowing students to search the internet for these topics not only reinforces the lesson, however, it also allows a feeling of independence for the students. Be sure you are also engaged with this activity. It is imperative that you are making sure that all students are on the right track and searching the correct content. 

4 Independent Practice

Activity: Reading

Instruct students to go back to their desks. Pass out articles on New Orleans and allow students about 20-25 minutes to complete the reading and answer the comprehension questions. Once finished, go over the article and questions. Ask students for any further questions or comments on the topic. 

5 Wrap-Up

Allow students to pull up their Paint app and instruct them to again draw the first thing that comes to mind when they hear New Orleans. Allow the students to share their drawings and notice the differences from the first assessment to this assessment. After this is done, turn on some jazz and blues music and remind the students that this is what they would hear if they were to visit New Orleans. Allow students to create their own Mardi Gras masks using the Paint app.