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The Galapagos Islands
Fourth graders are given a set of cards with sea animals and their diets. They form a food web by passing yarn to a predator or prey. They write a summary that explains the disappearance of the giant tortoises.
Fourth graders demonstrate map making skills by using the computer to create maps of the geographic features, regions, and economy for their state.
Making Sense Of A Round World On A Flat Surface
Students engage in a lesson that is concerned with the development of geography skills. They take part in a number of activities that center around finding and traveling to different locations. The lesson has resource links that can be used by the teacher.
Places in My World
Second graders explore where they are located on the globe. In this maps and globes instructional activity, 2nd graders use a map to show where they live and show the cardinal directions. Students identify characteristics of mountains, flat land, water, jobs, climates and attractions to an area they want to visit. Students write a paper using facts they discovered about that area.
Christopher Columbus: The Man, the Myth, the Legend
Learn more about maps by examining Christopher Columbus's voyage to the New World. Kindergartners will learn about basic map skills and how to identify the compass rose, oceans, and land masses. They will also discover the purpose of explorations and the history of Columbus' time period. This is from the Core Knowledge Sequence activities.
Follow the Light
Here is another in the interesting series of lessons that use the special State Quarters as a learning tool. During this lesson, pupils learn about lighthouses, maps, the cardinal directions on a compass, and U.S. geography. There are many excellent worksheets embedded in the plan. A fine lesson!
Pirates Have Landed at Fresh Pond!
Learners discover and practice the proper way to read a map and atlas. Using a map of Long Island on a paper grocery sack, they locate and label the water, beaches and lighthouses. They must also create a compass rose and place an X on the map where their house is located.
Students do various activities to explain where the United States' desert region lies in relationship to the state in which they live, become familiar with plants and animals in the Sonoran desert, and make a story map of Roadrunner terrain.
From the Mayflower to the Mall
Fourth graders draw a map including elements such as title, compass rose, legend, and scale. They describe how physical and human characteristics have changed since colonial times and develop a timeline based on information given in the passage.
Fourth graders explore geography of four distinct regions of California: mountains, coast, central valley, and desert. They locate California on map, identify state's boundaries and borders, and explore agriculture, a major economic feature of California.
United States: Physical Features Fun
In this map worksheet, students color and trace eleven listed features on a map of the United States. Students answer six additional questions about the map. A United States map is not provided. However, websites are provided to find a physical map for this activity.
In this map making worksheet, students learn about the science of making maps, which is cartography. They then answer the 11 questions on the worksheet. The answers are on the last page.
Fifth graders investigate the routes taken by the early explorers. In this explorers activity, 5th graders use interactive notebooks, discussion and maps to discover the routes taken. Students get into pairs and label maps, and create questions about the hemisphere.
Mapping My World
First graders make two maps. In this developing and reading maps lesson, 1st graders read Mapping Penny's World, discuss the parts of a map, create a map of their classroom, and create a list of directions of how to get to various locations. Students work independently to create a map of their bedroom that has all the important parts of a map.
Fourth graders explore geography by participating in a map activity. In this historical research activity, 4th graders identify the route John Smith took when he reached the United States and the regions which he inhabited. Students complete a Venn Diagram comparing Virginia in 1607 and Virginia in modern time.
The Ridge Exploring Robot
Students study about an autonomous underwater vehicle and explain the strategies that it uses to locate and map hydrothermal vents. For this marine navigation lesson students design a program for an AUV survey.
Seven directions: Making connections between literature and American Indian history
Students research the history of the American Indian and their real and stereotypical portrayals.
Where's My Bot?
Students estimate geographic position based on speed and air travel. In GPS lesson students use GPS to estimate the set and drift of currents.
Where Is Japan? What Direction Is It?
First graders locate countries on maps and globes and learn about the hemispheres and the cardinal directions. They listen to books read out loud and dicuss geography.
Tooling Around Arizona: Measuring Distances
In this measurement instructional activity, student measure the distances between Arizona cities by using a the scale on an Arizona Cities map. Students complete 15 problems.