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Activity Plan

Integrated Arts Lesson


Instructors: Michelle Lawless
Lesson Title: Down the Nile
Curriculum Area & book connection: Social Studies
Bill and Pete Go Down the Nile

Grade Level: 2nd


Estimated Time: 2-3 days
Arts area: 3D art/ Visual Art

Standards Connection:
Content Area: Science 7.) Identify geological features as mountains, valleys, plains, deserts, lakes, rivers,
and oceans
Arts Area: Apply a variety of procedures, methods, and subject matter in the production of two-dimensional
works of art, including landscapes, still lives, and relief prints. Producing three-dimensional works of art.
Learning Objectives:
Content area: When given a blank map, students will accurately label 2 rivers and 2 seas.
Arts Area: When given modeling clay, students will create a 3D structure of the Nile River using at least 3
different materials.
Engagement: The teacher will begin by asking the students who the author we have been studying is. The teacher
will ask students questions about what they have already learned about the rivers and seas in Egypt. The teacher will
Okay, boys and girls when I call your table I want you to come find your special spot on the carpet. Who can tell me
the name of the author we have been studying? Thats right! Tomie DePaola. Can anyone tell me the names of
some of his books that we have read? Yes The Art Lesson and The Cloud book- We have read those books by him!
Well today we are going to read another book by him called Bill and Pete Go Down the Nile. Since we have been
studying all about the rivers and seas in and around Egypt, I think this book is a great one to read! I first want
everyone to close their eyes and listen real closely. The teacher will play a video of the Nile river and ask the
students what they hear. With your eyes still closed I want you to tell me what you hear? Does this sound like the
ocean? Or does this sound calmer? Well Lets open our eyes. Students open eyes and see video of Nile river. Does
anyone know what this is? Does it look like an ocean or a river? Is it rough or is it calm? What color is this water?
Are the areas around this water green or brown? This river is called the Nile River. Well today we will be reading a
book about two animals who live in the Nile River! What type of animals do you think live in the Nile River? Well
lets find out! The teacher will now read the book. Thanks for listening! What types of animals did we see in this
book? What other buildings or items did we see in this book? Great guys! Well now we are going to do an activity
with all of the rivers and seas we have been learning about.
Learning Design

Activity Explanation:
This activity will include a blank map of the Nile River where the students will label and color the Nile
river, Jordan river, Red Sea, and Mediterranean Sea. The teacher will review these Rivers and Seas that the
students have already learned about. The teacher will show videos of these rivers and seas and have the
students turn and talk about what they already know about the rivers and seas. They will then share what
they have previously learned. When reviewing the Nile River, the teacher will ask questions about what the
students saw in the book. She will then explain more about the Nile and have them compare and contrast the
Nile River to the Jordan river. She will ask questions about the locations of the rivers, and have them tell her
one thing they know about them. After reviewing, the teacher will hand out the map for the students to label
and color the rivers and seas(attached). The students will do this activity individually. The students will
share their labeling and coloring of the worksheet with the others at their table. The teacher will show them a
real map of these rivers so they can check their work. The teacher will explain that knowing where these
rivers are helps them to understand the geography of Egypt. The students will then use modeling clay, to

create a 3D structure of the Nile River. The teacher will quickly go back over pages from the book that
showed physical features of the Nile River. The student must use at least 3 different types of material to
create this 3D structure. The students will have their map they labeled and the map the teacher showed them
as a reference guide. The students will still be seated at their tables and work on this individually.
Vocabulary: Model

Build Knowledge:
That was a great story about the Nile River! Thank you for listening. I now want us to go back over all the
other seas and rivers we have been studying. Who can tell me the other bodies of water we have been
studying? I now want to show you videos similar to the video we watched earlier, but of the other bodies of
water. Im going to first show you a video of Mediterranean Sea and a picture of the Red sea, then I want
you to turn and talk to your elbow partner about these two seas. Then we will share what we have already
learned. The teacher plays the video and then shows the picture of the red sea, the students talk about the
seas and what they have already learned. This is a review of these seas. Okay lets share! What is one thing
we have learned about the Mediterranean? What is one thing we have learned about the Red Sea? Who can
tell me where the Mediterranean Sea is located? Who can tell me where the Red Sea is located? Lets now
watch a video of the Jordan River. Turn and talk when the video is over. The teacher will play the video and
the students will turn and talk about what they already know. This is a review of this river. Okay lets share.
Who can tell me one thing about the Jordan river? Who can tell me where its located? Well now lets discuss
the Nile River a little bit more! Do you remember in our book if the Nile River had anything around it?- Yes!
It had buildings. Did you see any grass or anything that might make you think people lived there? Yes! You
saw grass and a hotel! Great! Well along time ago many people lived by the Nile river. The Nile river is
actually the longest river in the world and it is located in northwest Africa. Now is the Nile River one
straight line? No! The Nile River has many turns and curves in it. Ill be showing you a map of it soon! The
Nile River flows through upper and lower Egypt, which is very different from our other bodies of water we
have been studying. Lets now turn and talk and discuss the differences between the Nile River and the
Jordan river with our elbow partner. What is one difference you learned? Can anyone tell me anything that
is the same between these two rivers? Great! When I call your table number I want you to go back to your
seats. The students will go back to their seats. Well now Im going to pass out a blank map of the Nile River
and I want you to label and color the 4 bodies of water we have been learning about. When we are finished
we will share them with our tables and then Ill show you a real map of these rivers. The teacher will pass
out the worksheet. The colors are in a basket in the middle of your tables. You know where these rivers and
seas are located so you should be able to label them. The teacher will give the students 10 minutes. Lets
now share our maps with our table. Now Im going to show you a picture of a map with all of these bodies
of water and I want you to see if your map is correct. The teacher will project a map of bodies of water on
the board using a projector and her computer. Does anyones map look different form mine? If so, did you
remember that the Nile river is in Northwest Africa and not in the East like some of the other bodies of
water? Well this map and hopefully your maps you labeled show where these bodies of water are in Egypt. If
we know where these bodies of water are we can better understand where other things in Egypt may be like
where the people live, and where the grass may be, and even where some animals may live.

Model:
Now boys and girls we are going to get to create a model of the Nile River. We just reviewed some of our
other bodies of water and learned more about the Nile River, which is what we will be creating. Does
anyone know what it means to make a model? Yes! A model of something is when you remake something to
look just like something else! So today, you will be making a model of the Nile River. I will be passing out all
different kinds of materials to your table that you can use. The teacher will pass out all the materials. You
will be working individually on this at your table. I now want to show you my model of the Nile River. As
you can see I used several different types of material including clay, pipe cleaners, and paint. I expect all of
you to use at least 3 different types of materials. You will first build a base out of whatever you like then
using some type of material you will create the Nile River making sure it follows the shape of the image on
your maps you labeled. I used pipe cleaners as my water, but you may use any of the materials on your
table. Now what did we say was next to the Nile River? Yes! Grass so be sure to include what is around
the Nile River as well.

Create:
Boys and girls, you are going to get to create your river now. Im going to pass out written
directions(attached) for you to use as you go. The materials you need are on your table. Remember, you
must use at least 3 different materials when creating this. Be sure to think back in our book about what we
saw around the Nile River when creating grass and things like that. Also, remember on our map how the
Nile River wasnt one straight line so be sure to look back at your map and my map that is still projected on
the board. When everyone is finished They will share with the others at their table. Boys and girls, now that
you are all finished lets share with the others at our table. As your sharing I want you to refer to your map
and my map to see how closely your Nile River models look like the real thing!

Assessment:
The teacher will be using a rubric to assess the students 3D structure. Boys and girls, I will be looking at your
models and grading them with a rubric. You will be graded on the following items: using 3 different types of
materials, correct shape of the Nile river, and included surrounding features. (rubric attached)
Closure:
Thank you boys and girls for such a fun day. I really enjoyed watching all of you make your wonderful Nile River
models. Now lets review about what we learned today. We already reviewed on our other bodies of water so lets
review the Nile River again. Lets first think back to our book, who can tell me whether or not people lived by the
Nile River along time ago? Correct! They did and how do you know that from reading this book? Yes! Because
we saw a hotel! Great! Who can tell me where the Nile River is located in Egypt? Yes! Upper and lower Egypt!
The Nile River stretches across all of Egypt!
Materials and Resources:
Bill and Pete Go Down The Nile by Tomie Depaola
Nile river video(link attached)
Mediterranean sea video(link attached)
Jordan River video (link attached)
Red sea video(link attached)
Nile River Blank map
Modeling clay
Crayons
Paint
Pipe cleaners
Pom pom balls
Construction paper
Play-doh
Pencils
Markers
Tissue paper
Tape
Glue
Projector
Computer
Rubric
Nile river map shown on board

Nile River Video


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cySBHyKZDsM

Jordan River Video


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38-8wTNKsDI
Red Sea Video

Mediterranean Sea Video


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORVNGRbZnmw

CATEGORY

20

15

10

Types of features

Student used 3 different types


of material when making
structure.

Student used 2 different types


of material when making
structure

Student used 1 type of material Student did not make structur


when making structure.

Shape of Nile

Students used correct shape


when making the Nile River.

Students used correct shape on Students used correct shape on Students did not use any corr
the Northern Nile river, but not the southern Nile river, but not shape when making the Nile
the southern.
the northern.
River.

Surrounding Features

Student included 3 or more


surrounding features.

Student included 2 surrounding Student included 1 surrounding Student included 0 surroundi


features.
features.
features.

Total ___/60

NILE RIVER Map

Teacher map of 2 rivers and 2 seas