Continents and Oceans Lesson PlanEEDUC 5136Integrating Social Studies into the Elementary Classroom
Lesson Plan GuideTopic:
Location of Continents and Oceans
History and Social Science Curriculum Framework Learning Standards
2.1: On a map of the world, locate all of the continents: North America, South America,Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and Antarctica. (G)
2.3: Locate the oceans of the world: the Arctic, Atlantic, Pacific and Southern Oceans. (G)
: Students will be able to…
Name and locate seven continents: Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America,and South America.
Name and locate five oceans: Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Southern, and Arctic.
Learn appropriate vocabulary
Develop map skills and identify a map as a picture of earth
Two transparencies for overhead of Pangaea and one of current map of world
Picture of class or individual picture
Large Atlas and wall map
List of vocabulary words with definitions and corresponding pictures
Blank map of world worksheets
Continent word search
Words and music for “Continents and Oceans” song
Story, Maps and Globes by Jack Knowlton
Continent and Ocean flash cards (set of 4 cards each)
:While pointing to large illustration of Pangaea, ask students, “Who can tell me what this is a picture of?” This question will be the activator for the beginning of our unit on the sevencontinents and five oceans, while teaching to the Massachusetts History and Social ScienceCurriculum Framework Learning Standards.
Major Instructional Sequence:
1.Whole class instruction - Introduce overheads of Pangaea, opening discussion of the map200 million years ago, and closing with how the map looks today. (15 minutes)2.Whole class instruction - Discuss why maps are flat (10 -15 minutes)
Understanding that maps are pictures of the Earth.
After reviewing Pangaea on the overhead – ask if the world is flat or round?
Jean RickerAndy YoungDebbie SilvermanNancy Leigh Jacobson