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Ben Bollweg

EDR 321
Interdisciplinary Unit
6th grade Geography
Lesson Plan 1
I.
Benchmark/Standard:
6 G1.3.1 Use the fundamental themes of geography (location, place, human
environment interaction, movement, region) to describe regions or places on
earth.
6 G1.3.2 Explain the locations and distributions of physical and human
characteristics of Earth by using knowledge of spatial patterns.
6 G1.3.3 Explain the different ways in which places are connected and how
those connections demonstrate interdependence and accessibility.
II.

Behavioral Objective:
In groups of 5, students will investigate how Latinos influenced popular music in
the U.S. Each group will have an assigned U.S. City to investigate. They will also
relate their investigation with the fundamental themes of geography , location,
place, human environment interaction, movement, and region.
III.
Anticipatory Set:
Free write
Prompt: What are some different styles/genres of music that you like? Where do
you think they originated? 2-3 sentences
IV.
Objective/Purpose/ Essential Question:
How does the Latino music in the U.S. relate to the five themes of geography?
V.
Input
a. Task Analysis Step by Step
1. Anticipatory Set
2. Review 5 themes of geography:
a. Location: Where is it? (absolute/relative)
b. Place: What is it like there?
c. Human environment interaction: How do humans change their
environment?
d. Movement: How did people and ideas move from one place to another?
e. Region: What are the defining characteristics of the area?
3. Instructions for group investigation:
a. Split up class into 5 mixed ability groups
b. Assign a U.S. city to each group.
c. Hand out worksheet with questions related to the five themes of
geography
d. Have students go to the website: https://americansabor.org/story
i.
Show how to navigate through website.
e. Give students the rest of the hour to investigate their city, and complete
their 5 themes sheet.
b. Thinking levels

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c.

Knowledge: What are the 5 themes of geography.


Application: Identify how the 5 themes relate to their assigned city.
Analysis: Explain why their evidence relates to the themes.
Synthesis: Write down their answers on the worksheet
Evaluation: How well did they do completing the worksheet.

Learning Styles:

i. Individual learning: learning about the five themes


ii. Group learning: Working together answering the questions about their
assigned city.
d. Methods and Materials
i. Ways of presenting: Powerpoint to present five themes
ii. Materials needed: Projector; single teacher computer; computer
lab/computer cart; Anticipatory set sheet; 5 themes of geography
worksheet
VI.
Modeling
1. Show how to navigate website.
2. Show how to fill out worksheet.
VII.
Checking for understanding
i. Show me your worksheet.
VIII.
Guided Practice
1. During lecture, ask students to give example for each theme presented
IX.
Independent Practice:
1. Have students go home and investigate how and where their favorite
genre of music originated?
X.
Closure:
1. Explain the plan for tomorrow:
2. Tomorrow in class, you will be creating a Poster and Map explaining
how your city relates to the five themes of geography