Star Wars Geography Unit

What kind of animals live on an ice planet like Hoth? How would the habitat on Tatooine allow different organisms to thrive? Connect social studies, science, and Star Wars in one engaging activity that focuses on the ecosystems of the planets from the Star Wars universe. As individuals identify how the climate on each planet affects the landforms and lifeforms, they design their own planets with unique characteristics and descriptions.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Encourage pairs or groups to conduct research on each of the planets from the Star Wars universe before beginning the project
  • Screen parts of the films that showcase each planet, including establishing shots or relevant dialogue
Classroom Considerations

  • Learners should have prior knowledge of geographic landforms and elements of an ecosystem
  • Lesson requires access to the Star Wars® Atlas
  • Scheduled for five days, but adaptable for your specific curriculum
  • Add your own rubric or assessment program to the project
Pros

  • Each day guides the class through a different element of the project
  • Incorporates real-world geography to the exciting world of Star Wars
  • Connects to Common Core standards
Cons

  • None