This username and password
combination was not found.

Please try again.

okay

view a plan

 Rate this Plan:

A Social Studies lesson on geography involving Mexico

Subject:

Social Studies  

Grades:

2, 3  

Michelle Lynn Hofmann

WHERE o’ WHERE CAN MY PEN PAL BE FROM?

3rd grade

Friday, January 17, 1997, 11:00-12:00 PM

Performance Expectations:

Students will be able to utilize different global representations: maps, gloves, & atlases, research different geography of Mexico, incorporate climate, land uses, etc into a culminating representation of the topography of Mexico, and familiarize themselves with the political boundaries of Mexico.

Content Area: Geography, Weather, Math, Political Science, Economics

Strategy:

Use the internet and informational books provided by the teacher and found within the school and community libraries to create an intricate topographical representation of Mexico.

Materials Needed:

clay/other malleable medium

internet

atlases

topographic representations

relief maps

pins

marking flags

other media to create geographic features

string

Directions:

Introduction:

Preface this lesson with discussion on responsibility of working with clay and around other materials. Each student will research where their pen pal is from in relation to all of Mexico.

Development:

1. The students can divide into task groups where they will be responsible for specific components of the map’s construction.

2. One group will work on constructing a political map of 31 states and one federal district. Another will create a legend and key.

3. Captions about different landforms will be created by one group.

4. Markers of major cities and attractions will be place upon the topographic map.

5. Each student will pinpoint their pen pal’s hometown.

Closure:

Each child can present their findings to the class via a short presentation about the population, landforms, ruins, etc. of their pen pal’s city. They may either present verbally or in a written or project form.

Evaluation:

Students will be evaluated based upon group cooperation, individual reporting of findings, peer evaluations, and responsibility of time and use of materials.

Adaptation:

Create a travel brochure highlighting each child’s pen pal and discussing the surrounding city/area. Groups would be according to similar pen pal locations. The students would focus upon the geographic, historical, and cultural aspects of their areas.

References:

Michelle Lynn Hofmann

Print Friendly