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Subject: Social Studies (2)
Title: There are many kinds of maps! 
Description: This lesson will consist of stations: In one of the stations there will be computers or devices to view a video with a lesson that will teach the students about maps (political map and physical map). The lesson will include terms of globe regions, the equator, latitude and longitude. The students will use their knowledge to map certain points and demonstrate that they grasp the lesson's vocabulary. This will be where the content is taught, the remaining stations will include games, and activities that will practice the content. The end result will be a project by each student that will be graded for participation, completion, and context. 


Subject: Social Studies (2)
Title: Exploring The World 
Description: This lesson will teach students about the different states, continents, oceans and the equator. Students will learn the names of the states, oceans, continents and where the equator is located. Students will discover by research how important geography is in history. 


Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Social Studies (2 - 3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Exploring the world with P.W. Cracker!
Description: This lesson can be completed in a whole group or small group setting. After reading the book “P.W. Cracker Sees the World,” the students will complete an inquiry project that connects social studies/geography to what they read in their story.


Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Social Studies (1 - 3), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Jet, Set, Go! Travel Google Earth in Ben's Dream
Description: This lesson uses the picture book by Chris Van Allsburg Ben’s Dream with Google Earth to highlight ten major landmarks of the world. After reading and discussing Ben’s Dream, students "travel" to each location using the free software Google Earth. Students will then be put into small groups by the teacher to research one specific landmark using the tools available on Google Earth (i.e., snapshots, Wikipedia links, etc.). Using their research skills, students locate these famous landmarks, conduct further research on them, and share that information with the class.


Subject: Physical Education (K - 2), or Social Studies (K - 2)
Title: Treasure Hunt
Description: Get hands-on with students in building a map with a class.  Take students outside to a sandbox and work with them to build a map of campus.  Once the map is drawn you can turn their design into a treasure hunt to assess map interpretation.


Subject: Physical Education (2 - 3), or Social Studies (K - 2)
Title: Capture the Flag
Description: Try this twist on a schoolyard favorite.  Teams are given incomplete maps and need to read the map in order to find the pieces of the map covering enemy territory.  Only then can they seek out their opponents flag to win.


Subject: Science (K - 2), or Social Studies (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Continent Jump
Description: Students will learn about animals that live on all seven continents. Students and teachers will use websites to learn additional information about the animals from various continents.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


Subject: Science (K - 2), or Social Studies (2)
Title: Coral Reefs
Description: This lesson defines what a coral reef is and how it affects society. It addresses the fact that oceans take up three-fourths of the earth's surface. This lesson also addresses how coral reefs help people and how people can help protect coral reefs.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Subject: Social Studies (K - 2)
Title: Tech Tours using Google Earth-it’s easy, it’s fun…come take a trip with us!
Description: Grab your passport and head around the world as K-2 students become reporters using Google Earth and podcasting to learn and share about maps, globes, people and places around the community, state and world. Tools featured include: Tablet pc’s, iPods, digital cameras, document camera, classroom response system, and free web 2.0 tools.


Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Social Studies (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Our Summer Vacation
Description: This lesson will be used after a study of Alabama. It will incorporate the theme of vacationing into information learned about state parks in Alabama. Students will make a book about favorite state parks in Alabama and favorite things to do in them.


Subject: Social Studies (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Primary Technology Maps
Description: This hands-on, inquiry-based lesson combines maps skills which include identifying map elements, applying an understanding of cardinal directions, interpreting resource maps, and identifying a location. Students will have the opportunity to work with a group to research a specific continent and create a multimedia slide about the continent.


Subject: Social Studies (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Come with Me to the Islands
Description: Students will explore several islands by watching a multimedia presentation prepared by the teacher on islands and how they were formed. Students will then use globes and maps to find various islands using cardinal directions given by the teacher. Students will work to make models of islands and draw and write about islands using software.


Subject: Social Studies (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Fifty States Project
Description: Students will follow simple research steps in the school media center and on the Internet to complete a poster on an assigned state by identifying the state's symbols and agricultural products.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


Subject: Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - State History
Title: Explore Your State with Maps      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students create maps of their state using information from National Geographic's MapMachine. They then make their own maps from memory after studying the original maps they created. The lesson concludes with a discussion of the benefits of understanding your state map and remembering certain key features of the state's geography.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Using Maps to See Regions      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students travel around the world on a visual scavenger hunt. They select a handful of important natural and cultural characteristics of places. They then search through magazines such as National Geographic for photographs that illustrate the range of those characteristics. They also chart the locations they find on a map of the world.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: Getting Lost      Add Bookmark
Description: This Xpeditions lesson has students practice their knowledge of the cardinal directions by having them describe the directions in their classroom. They practice figuring out the relative directions of other places (such as another classroom or the office) in relation to their classroom. They conclude by taping signs with place names around the room to show the directions they would travel to get to those places.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Marco Polo Takes a Trip      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students learn about the travels of Venetian adventurer Marco Polo. They consult maps to locate Venice and follow the routes Marco Polo took to Beijing and back. They learn about the challenges of traveling along the Silk Road, discover some interesting facts about China under Mongol rule, and find out how Marco Polo came to produce his famous book. Finally, they work in groups to create a large mural/timeline of the life and adventures of this famous traveler.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Social Studies - Anthropology - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - Human Behavior
Title: The Land of the Inca      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, from Xpeditions, introduces students to the ancient Inca people and the land on which they lived. They learn basic facts about the Inca and use a map to show where they lived. Students also look at pictures of the Andes mountains and Inca ruins and discuss the geography of the area. Finally, they talk about how the Inca lived and compare the Inca way of life to their own.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: Geography Skills and Your Town      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students relate the five themes of geography (location, place, human/environment interaction, movement, and regions) to their own home town. Students first gather information about their town and then create books, Web sites, or multimedia presentations showcasing their town's unique features.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts - Writing (composition) - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Greeting Friends from Other Places      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students are introduced to map reading by examining the Afghanistan, Land in Crisis map (available in print or online). Students practice different types of greetings and learn how children in Afghanistan might greet one another.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: The Middle East Region: Flags and Facts      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson from Xpeditions, students learn basic facts about the Middle East by exploring maps of the region. They use National Geographic's Hot Spot: Iraq Web site to practice basic geography skills by reading maps and drawing their own. Finally, they learn basic information about the countries on their maps, comparing the geography of the Middle East with that of the United States.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Arts,Social Studies
Title: Mapping Our Worlds      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students explore the world of maps and learn how to view the world around them in a two-dimensional format. They begin by depicting the familiar terrain of their favorite rooms. In order to understand the concept of boundaries, they then create maps of areas within their classroom. To reinforce the relationship of small to large and the concept of one area nesting within another, students then compare a series of online geographical maps, beginning with a map of their home state and ending with a map of the world. Finally, students may extend what they have learned by creating maps of other parts of their immediate environments, such as routes that they regularly travel.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Geography,Social Studies
Title: Exploring the Characteristics of Places      Add Bookmark
Description: Activity. Students use facts to create a poster about the natural and cultural characteristics of a place in the United States.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 1,2



Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: Mission Geography: Continents       Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students identify characteristics of the physical geography of each continent of the world. Students start by identifying each of the continents and reassembling continental maps. Then they listen to stories set in each of the seven continents to identify geographic characteristics of each place. Finally, students examine photographs from each continent and write stories that include descriptions of certain geographic characteristics of the continent.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Arctic Terns from North to South      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students map the arctic tern's migration route and consider why it migrates so far. They conclude by writing paragraphs describing the arctic tern's migration route and explaining how they think it knows when it's time to migrate.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Mathematics - Applied Mathematics - Mathematics - Arithmetic - Science - Earth science - Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Introduction to Latitude and Longitude      Add Bookmark
Description: This Xpeditions lesson introduces students to latitude and longitude. They look at lines of latitude and longitude on a United States map and discuss the reasons why these lines are helpful. They also discuss the ways that temperatures vary with latitude and consider what type of clothing they might wear at specific latitudes.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Science - Geology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: To Build an Island      Add Bookmark
Description: This Xpeditions lesson gives students a basic overview of the geography of islands. They learn where islands are located throughout the world and study two very different island groups (the Philippines and the British Isles) to illustrate the diversity of the world's islands. Students explore the islands flora and fauna, languages, climates, and cultures.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - Psychology
Title: Mapping What Matters      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students explore the idea that everyone has mental maps they use to store and recover information. Students come to realize that certain places on these maps are more important to us than others. Students investigate these ideas by exploring the differences among students in terms of the value they place on different sites within their communities.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Science - Earth science - Science - Geology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Introduction to the Grand Canyon      Add Bookmark
Description: This Xpeditions lesson introduces students to canyons and has them compare canyons to mountains and plains. They look at photographs of three canyons and then focus on the Grand Canyon, discussing how the Colorado River carved it into its present form. They conclude by drawing pictures of the Grand Canyon and writing captions or drawing additional pictures to describe how the canyon was formed.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Mathematics - Applied Mathematics , Mathematics - Measurement , Science - Astronomy , Science - Earth science , Science - General Science , Social Studies - Geography , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Environmental Education
Title: Can You See the Equator?      Add Bookmark
Description: Join us in Wonderopolis today for a trip around the globe!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Social Studies,Geography
Title: Neighborhood Navigator      Add Bookmark
Description: Use or create maps to explore your local area, along with discussion tips for kids and families. Part of an OurStory module entitled Full Steam to Freedom, this activity includes strategies for using online maps or making your own map of a trip and tips for making the most of those experiences through discussion and cooperative discovery. OurStory is designed to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through the use of children's literature, everyday objects, and hands-on activities.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Social Studies
Title: The Water Nearby      Add Bookmark
Description: Do you live near the water? There is probably a body of water closer than you think! In this activity, students will use Google Maps to first find their school, and then locate and learn about the closest body of water to their school. Included in an OurStory module from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History entitled Life on the Water, this activity is intended to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through the use of children's literature, everyday objects, and hands-on activities. National Museum of American History
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Mathematics,Physical Education,Science,Social Studies,Geography
Title: Great Websites for Kids      Add Bookmark
Description: Created by the American Library Association, this portal website helps parents and children find age appropriate educational materials on the Internet.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5,6,7



Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: The Satellite Spyglass      Add Bookmark
Description: This Xpedition Hall interactive telescopes visitors view of Earth, from a point in outer space where they can see the entire globe to just above Washington, D.C. Click on the middle circle in Room II to view this interactive, in which students learn that we can make sense of our complex world by dividing it into different regions.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Spice World      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students create a map showing the origins of the spices and herbs that help flavor their favorite dishes. Related activities for parents to do with their children are also found on this page.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Technology , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Science - Chemistry , Science - Earth science , Science - General Science , Science - Geology , Science - Natural History , Science - Oceanography , Science - Paleontology , Science - Physical Sciences , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: Where Do Diamonds Come From?      Add Bookmark
Description: If you were born in April, your birthstone is the diamond, which symbolizes innocence. Join us for a trek around the globe in search of this most precious of minerals that can cut glass and melt hearts.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: Globe Projector      Add Bookmark
Description: This Xpedition Hall interactive uses maps and other geographic tools to explore information from a spatial point of view. Click on the left circle in Room I to view this interactive, which shows how different map projections distort or emphasize geographic features and how maps can illustrate many kinds of information.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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