I am so excited that I am starting a new chapter in my life – one that will be written in English instead of Spanish. I have loved teaching Spanish, and much of my background will serve me well teaching North and South America in Social Studies. This is the outline and the resources for a demo lesson for social studies on 6th grade geographic features. It was inspired and adapted from the lesson presented during the gallery walk. This would be the introduction to the unit of landforms.
There would be a mix of the traditional lesson elements with collaboration, observation/application, and technology. I was reminded through a blog post by Kristy Placido that technology is not an automatic magic that makes a lesson great. Great teaching does that. If you have access to technology, there are some ways to have students make more connections to the learning. That is what I attempt to do with this transformed lesson.
Students would work with a partner. They would create a copy of the GoogleDoc Land Form Introduction. The GoogleDoc has a chart with 3 columns. The first has the longitude and latitude coordinates. In the second column they would record their observations of the location, and the third column they would record the name of the feature.
The directions are listed for the students:
Task: Working with a partner you will use Google Maps to search for each set of longitude and latitude. Click on pictures so you can see actual pictures of the locations. Zoom in and out to make sure you see the entire land form. In the second column, describe what you saw. After you have written all your observations, check the land form vocabulary. Can you figure out the land form of each location? Write the land form in the third column.
After they have used Google Maps and recorded their observations, they would open the Land Form Vocabulary. Based on the definitions of each of the terms, they would try to figure out what each of their observations described. They should record their educated guesses in the third column. Here is an example of the completed student form.
To check their answers, there is a Socrative Quiz that would prompt with the longitude/latitude coordinates (in the same order as the worksheet). It would give students instant feedback on how they did and it would save their responses in a spreadsheet for me to review.