Thematic Unit On The Seven Continents

Grade Level:  3rd grade
Background Information:  My name is LaShonda Holloway, and I am a third grade teacher at North Augusta Elementary
School located in Aiken County in the state of South Carolina.  I teach a group of 21 heterogeneously grouped students who are
intrinsically different.  Therefore, I use many different modalities of learning to accommodate their needs individually and as a
group.  The Unit that I will be teaching will be about the Seven Continents.  Within my unit of the Seven continents, I will
accommodate each learning style of my students.

Overview of my unit:  I plan to do my thematic unit on the seven continents.  The purpose of this unit is to familiarize my
students with the seven continents.  They will be able to learn the seven continents, their location, locate and name all the oceans
and major seas, while drawing out their strengths using Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences.  While integrating student
learning of the seven continents, the students will also achieve a thorough understanding of numerous third grade standards.
However, I will merely focus on the Social Studies standards that the students will learn in this unit.
Topic:  Seven Continents
Level:  Third Grade
Background Information:  My name is LaShonda Holloway, and I am a third grade teacher at North Augusta Elementary School located in Aiken County in the state of South Carolina.  I teach a group of 21 heterogeneously grouped students on varied academic levels.  My class consists of nine boys and twelve girls from several different socio-economic and racial backgrounds.  Each one of my students are intrinsically different; therefore, I use many different modalities of learning to accommodate their needs individually and as a group.

Proposal:  I plan to do my thematic unit on the seven continents. The purpose of this unit is to familiarize my students with the seven continents.  They will be able to learn the seven continents, their location, locate and name all the oceans and major seas, while drawing out their strengths using Gardnerís Theory of Multiple Intelligences.  There are seven intelligences within Gardnerís Theory, and they include:  verbal/linguistic, logical/mathematical, visual/spatial, bodily/kinesthetic, musical/rhythmic, interpersonal/social, and intrapersonal/introspective.   While integrating student learning of the seven continents, the students will also achieve a thorough understanding of numerous third grade standards.  However, I will merely focus on the Social Studies standards that the students will learn.  Those standards are listed below:
 

III. People, Places, and Environments:  Geography

3.9 The learner will demonstrate an understanding of the world in spatial terms.  The student should be able to:
3.9.1 Make maps to illustrate location and spatial distribution of physical cultural features in South Carolina.
3.9.2 Use maps and globes to analyze the location and spatial distribution of physical and cultural features in South Carolina.
3.10 The learner will demonstrate an understanding of places and regions.
3.10.1 Identify physical characteristics, i.e. as land forms.
3.10.5 List and describe the geographical regions in South Carolina.
3.10.6 Discuss how the physical and human characteristics of places and regions in South Carolina change over time.
Overview of Objectives:

Verbal/Linguistic-(Learning through reading, hearing, seeing words; speaking; writing, and discussions)
The student will be able to:
* Write a research paper using the information they learned about an assigned continent.  Each student will be assigned a research paper assignment where they have to research information about either a continent or an area within a continent.  There will be specific grading instructions, and it will be graded according to a Writing Rubric/grading scale.

Logical/Mathematical- (Learning through working with patterns and relationships, classifying, and abstract thinking)
The student will be able to:
* Relate the shapes of each continent with images familiar with.
* Measure the length and width of the continents on a map.
* Find the area of a continent by tracing the shape of a continent on a grid, shading it, and finding the area of the shaded area.
* Find the distance of designated places on the map.

Visual/Spatial- (Learning through working with pictures and colors, visualizing, and drawings)
The student will be able to:
* Learn interesting facts about each continent.
* Identify the seven continents and their locations.
* Locate and name all the oceans and major seas.
* Locate the equator and the prime meridian.
* Work with a teacher designed puzzle including each of the seven continents with a velcro label of each continent.
* Through teacher instruction and visual aids, the students will have an understanding of the evolution of the seven continents (one super-continent-----two  continents------seven continents).
* Read a chart about the facts about the seven continents, and answer questions regarding the chart.

Bodily/Kinesthetic-(Learning through touching, moving, and processing knowledge through bodily sensations)
The student will be able to:
* Learn the continents through the Seven continents song with movements.

Musical/Rhythmic-(Learning through rhythm, melody, singing, listening to music and melodies)
The student will be able to:
* Learn the continents through the Seven continents song/poem.

Interpersonal/Social-(Learning through sharing, comparing, relating, interviewing, and/or cooperating)
The student will be able to:
* Design a class map of North America including a map key, distance, etc.
* Compare and contrast the population, size, etc. of each continent within each group.

Intrapersonal/Introspective-(Learning by working alone, self paced projects, and reflecting)
The student will be able to:
* Use the Internet to find information about a continent of choice.  Draw the continent one side of an index card and write interesting facts about each continent on the other side.  Include the definition of a vocabulary word associated with your continent.
* Use a graphic organizer to organize the information learned about your continent.
* Design a brochure to encourage people to visit a country within the continent you gained information.  (Topic sentence introducing your country (Include the continent where this country is located and include a drawing), one place to visit and why, one kind of animal to see and why, one type of food to eat and why, and why should someone visit this country.)
 

Related Children's books:
* My World and Globe by Ira Wolfman
* Seven Continents (Vol. 1 through 7- seven different series) by Pullyey Sayre
* North American Quilt by Pulley Sayre
* Children's Atlas of the United States by Rand McNally and Company (1992)
* Exploring North America (Voyages of Discovery) by Jacqueline Morley
* Population of the World (Using and Understanding Maps) by Scott Morris
* Earth search: A Kidís Geography Museum in a Book by John Cassidy
* Seas and Oceans (Take Five Geography) by Jane and Steve Parker
* Letís Investigate Marvelously Meaningful Maps (Lets Investigate) by Madelyn Wood Carlisle
* Map Crosswords:  25 Crossword Puzzles That Teach Map and Geography Skills by Spencer Finch

Interesting links related to the seven continents:

* World atlas and Geography Facts-
www.worldatlas.com/aatlas/world.htm
* The Seven Continents-www.lcu.edu/education/kmahan/edu5304/continents/7cont.htm
* Adventure game-
www.pbs.org/kratts/crazy/index.html
* Geography and oceans quiz printout- www.enchantedlearning.com/geography/continents/quiz.shtml
 
 

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