UNIT TOPIC: South America Tropical Rainforest
LESSON TOPIC: South America Landscapes
AGE/GRADE: 10-11 / Fifth Grade
What is the South America Tropical Rainforest?
LESSON ESSENTIAL QUESTION:
What is the South America Tropical Rainforest?
RATIONALE AND CONTEXT:
I believe that this lesson and topic of South America Landscapes is important because after learning about where specifically South America is and about its whole culture, it is important to learn about what this continent entails. It is important next to find out what lies here on the land and what we can look further into. This lesson fits with the unit plan, because after learning about the landscapes in South America, we can narrow in on the specific on of the Amazon Rainforest, which is the topic of the whole unit.
TEACHER CONTENT KNOWLEDGE:
There are tons of types of landforms all over the world. South America holds almost all of the landform types, each containing different cultures and lifestyles performed by the people. From volcanos, canyons, and mountains, to plains, deserts, oceans, and islands; the world and South America hold so many great wonders that will hopefully capture the students’ interests as it did for me.
Common Core/Vermont Standard GE(s)/National Arts Standards:
- I would like my students to listen and respond respectfully to others who are talking and sharing ideas or thoughts.
- I would like my students to participate and cooperate in each activity.
- What is a landform?
- What landforms are in South America?
- Mountain, Valley … Andes Mountains
- Plains, Grassland … Pampas … Patagonia
- Desert … Atacama Desert
- Ocean, Island … Tierra Del Fuego
- Amazon River
- Amazon Basin
Some strategies I will use to assess how my students learn my lesson and activities will be to play a game called the Globe Toss and to have each student create a flip book of landforms learned. Thorough the Globe Toss, every student will get a chance to catch the blow up globe and call out the continent and landform that their finger lands on. Then through the landform flip book, I will be able to ensure that each student clearly understands what each landform is, looks like, and a fact or two about it.
To evaluate my students’ learning from the above strategies, I will use a checklist to make sure they each fully understand the concepts and objectives taught in the lesson.
- Did the students listen?
- Were the students cooperating and collaborating nicely with their peers?
- Were the students respecting each others’ thoughts, opinions, and answers?
- Did the students participate?
Reflection to Students:
I will provide specific feedback to the students about what their progress and what they might need to improve by having a checklist. Through this checklist, I will be able to make sure they know the main language and learning objectives needed for this unit to be complete.
“Take a look out the window. What do you see? What do you notice about the land? All around the world, there are different types of land that people live on, called landforms, and each of those different landforms affects one’s culture and how they live.”
The first unit of What is South America, will help ease the students into this lesson of South America’s landforms. Then once they learn these specific landforms, in the next lesson, we can narrow in on one specific landform, the Amazon Basin or Rainforest. This way, we can ease our way into the specific topics. Starting with more general information and slowly building up the topic can benefit the child in learning and retaining more information.
- Lesson Overview (1 min)
- Morning Greeting (2 min)
Students will go around the room and say good morning and their favorite outdoor place to go.
- KWL Chart (5 min)
As a class we will talk and make a list of what all of the students KNOW about landforms and bodies of water; and what they
WANT to know or learn about landforms and bodies of water.
- Landforms (4 min)
Next, as a class we will listen to a song about landforms around the world.
- Activity 1: Landform Tour (10 min)
As a class, we will go on a walk around the school yard and observe the landforms around our school area. This will give the
students a deeper understanding of what lives on the school ground.
- Activity 2: Globe Toss (8 min)
Once we come inside from our Landform Tour, the students will play a game that is similar to silent ball, but I call it the Globe
Toss. The students will toss a blow up ball around the room and when you catch the ball, whatever country and landform your
right thumb lands on, you announce that to the class. Every student will get a chance to catch, announce, and learn a new
landform to their classmates.
- South America Landforms (5 min)
I will show a map that color codes each of the South America landforms and where they are located on the continent. Then I will zoom in on each landform while providing some key facts about each and the different environments that they have; including climate, animals and plants, human life, etc.
- Activity 3: Landform Flip Book (15 min)
Finally, the students will make a Landform Flip Book. Each student will have a chance to work independently in making a flip book that they can look back on in the future. To make this flip book, the students will cut out the shapes of the landforms, which will be given in stencil format. Then, they will present them in a way that creates a book. They will also write a little expert on each landform including the key information they learned about each one. This will be easy for the students to flip through and read just a little excerpt about the specific landform they are interested in. They will also have a chance to color in each landform in the book.
Closure and Connections:
A culminating experience that will help students demonstrate their developing knowledge could be the Globe Toss and the Landscape Flip Book. Both of these include all of the students interacting with one another in an engaging way, whether tossing the globe and announcing their landscape to the class or comparing landscape flip books with their table. These will also help the students summarize what they have learned and connect it to the next lessons to be learned. These activities relate to the essential question of What is the South America Rainforest, because this gives a broad understanding of what that is as a landform and where it might be in the world.
Students might extend their learning by now starting to observe their surroundings out side. After the walking tour on the school yard observing landscapes, the students might keep doing that on their own, whether at home, on car rides, etc. This lesson bridges to the next lesson in the unit because in lesson three, we narrow in on the South America Landscape of the Amazon Basin/Rainforest. This lesson is just a little introduction to what we will be learning in the future.
If students to not understand the lessons being taught, I will make accommodations for them and help them to better understand them in a different way. For example, I can repeat those instructions in a different way, or have a student repeat the directions. Sometimes hearing things from another person, especially a peer, helps see things in a different perspective. For the art projects, I will create my own so that the students will have an example to go by if they are confused about their own.
Specify what resources/materials you will need. Include technology needs, reading materials, lab equipment, etc.
- blank computer paper
- crayons, sharpie markers
- glue, tape
- blow up globe
- computer, YouTube, projector