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In this two-week lesson taught was social studies and the topic was Discovering Maps.

This lesson included maps, globes, keys, cardinal directions, and the seven continents. This unit consisted of several hands on activities, plus worksheets that achieved the learning goals and objectives. The objectives for the first goal were as follows; given a globe of the Earth students will identify this as a model of the Earth (condition). A flat map of the Earth will also be introduced and compared using a Venn diagram (measurable behavior). The students will need to name 3 or 4 for each category and complete a handout (mastery level). Students will learn land masses (continents) and oceans for future lessons. The goal that accompanied the objective was to have students familiarize themselves with a globe and a map, by listing the differences and similarities between the two. In the direct instruction of the lesson I introduced the globe and asked the students, What does this globe remind you of? The students replied, A basketball, which was the answer I was hoping for. I showed the students a flat map and explained to them that it is a globe, but on a flat surface. To align the objective and learning goals in this unit I drew a Venn diagram on the smart board and labeled one circle, globe and the other map. At the point where the circles meet was labeled as both. I called on students to give me examples to complete the diagram. After the completion and discussion of the diagram a worksheet was handed out that consisted of fill in the blank, with a word bank provided of vocabulary words used in this two-week unit. After the worksheet the students were instructed to turn to their neighbor and discuss any differences they might have found. The second objectives for this unit of study are as follows; students will be given a map, in a packet form, of the United States (condition), students will fill in the state, the community they live in, and color landmasses and oceans (measurable behavior). Students will identify and create keys for the labeled map (mastery). The goals that complimented these objectives were, when each student is given a map they could identify their state and community that they reside in and also understand a map keys

usage and create one on their own. Each student received a map booklet and as a class we went over the first map together so I could monitor their understanding of this activity. After the class discussion and answering of any questions they had they were instructed to color the map according to the key and label their state and community. The learning goals and objectives in this unit of study were aligned because after the completion of the workbook pages I assigned, I displayed a map on the smart board and called on the students to label something on that map they could identify, and they did a great job! The third objectives for this lesson were as follows; students will be given a United States map (condition) and will observe and identify and locate the cardinal directions on the map (measurable behavior). Students will create a chart of the vocabulary in this lesson (mastery). The goals that supported these objectives was the big picture of the map and the identifying of the cardinal directions and understanding the meaning of the vocabulary words and using them correctly in a sentence. In this lesson the goals and objectives aligned with each when the students were given a map and could label North, South, East, and West accordingly. I taught them a way to remember the order of the directions, which was Never Eat Soggy Worms, this was a big help for them. . The students were instructed to create a box on the provided construction using all 7 words. The box should have a line to divide the box into 4 small sections and label the sections as follows; word, definition, sentence, and picture. Fill in accordingly for each word. The vocabulary words to be used are map, globe, landforms, ocean, continent, atlas, and map key. I used this type of activity to monitor not only the students directions, but to make sure they understand the vocabulary and are able to use them correctly in sentences.

State Core Curriculum/Student Achievement Standard(s):

1.5B Locate places of significance on maps and globes such as the local community, Texas, and the United States. 1.6A Identify and describe the physical characteristics of places such as landforms, bodies of water, natural resources, and weather. 1.17 Social studies skills. The student applies critical thinking skills to organize and use information acquired from a variety of sources including electronic technology. 1.17B Obtain information about a topic using a variety of visual sources such as pictures, graphics, television. Maps, computer images, literature, and artifacts. 1.18 Social studies skills. The student communicates in written ,oral, and visual forms. The student is expected to: 1.18A Express ideas orally based on knowledge and experience. 1.18B Create visual and written material.

Implementation of texas essential knowledge and skills for social studies, elementary, beginning with school year 2011-2012 http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/rules/tac/chapter113/ch113a.html.