Lesson Plan : The Globe A Model of the Earth

Teacher Name:
 Aashish Dhakan
Grade:
 Grade 5
Subject:
 Social Studies

Topic:
 The Globe - A Model of the Earth
Content:
 The students will learn about the shape the earth, the axis of the earth, names and locations of the different oceans and continents of the earth, important longitudes and latitudes, different zones, locating places on the globe and the map, time zones and international dateline
Goals:
 The students should be able to understand and interpret the globe or the map.
Objectives:
 The students should be able to locate places on the map or a globe with the help of longitudes and latitudes, and be able to understand the impact on the climate of a place based on its location, understand the earth grid,diffrentiate between the longitudes and latitudes.
Materials:
 toy car, globe,one marker, black board,wall map of the world
Introduction:
 Show students the toy car. Ask questions about whether or not the car is a real car. Introduce the word "model" by telling the children that this is a model of a real car, and that looks like a real car but is much smaller. Then get out the globe of the earth and hold it up in the air. Ask the children to identify what you are holding up in the air. Talk about the fact that the "globe" is a model of the earth/world
Development:
 Pass globe out to groups of 4 or 5 children for inspection at a time [if possible one globe for each group to compare throughout the lesson :-)]. Have a recorder for the group write down any questions that the group thinks of about the globe. Also ask the children to take notice of the different colors on the globe. Ask the recorder to write down what the group thinks the different colors represent. After approximately 10 minutes have the groups share with the entire class what they thought about the different colors in the globe and also any questions that they had about the features of the globe. While each group shares their ideas the teacher will record on the black board the groups findings. There will be a column on the board titled, "colors on a globe", and a second column titled, "questions or thoughts about a globe". Have the class discuss the thoughts that are on the black board. Talk about what the different colors on the globe really represent (ex: water, land, mountains, ect.). Ask the children what shape the globe is in. Tell the children that there is another name for the ball like shape - a sphere.
Practice:
 Make a globe of clay or use a plastic ball the size of a tennis ball and use rubber bands to show the important longitudes and latitudes and the important heat zones, north and south pole.
Checking For Understanding:
 Recap the chapter by asking questions or by conducting a quiz for the different groups
Closure:
 Have the children color in the land (any color except blue) and the water (any shade of blue) on a flat map. Encourage the children to get as in-depth as they wish (ex: mountain regions, etc.). Have the group of children turn in their pictures and their recorders notes.
Evaluation:
 Observe the children as they work in their groups. Look at recorders notes for each group to see what the children were thinking about. Look at the pictures of the globes to see if the children understood the concept of water and land.

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