Lesson Plan : The Seven Wonders of the World

Teacher Name:
 Mrs. Camargo
Grade:
 Grade 4
Subject:
 Social Studies

Topic:
 7 Wonders of the World
Content:
 Social Studies
Goals:
 The students will be able to identify, locate and explain the 7 wonders of the world.
Objectives:
 Students will be able to: 1. Appreciate the "The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World" of the ancient world. 2. Discuss the architectures / natural formations which are considered the wonders of the modern world. 3. Create a presentation using pictures printed from the internet to showcase what they have learnt
Materials:
 -Student journals -A large scale wall map of the world -Computers with internet connection -Replicas of available 7 wonders of the world for the students -Poster Board
Introduction:
 This activity involving the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World will ignite the interest of children in history and the beauty of the world around us. It also uses technology and manipulatives and teaches the students to use the computer as a research and presentation tool.
Development:
 Start the topic with a discussion on beauty around us. What is the most beautiful place they have seen? Where is it? Is it natural or man made? Is there an agreed ranking on the most beautiful creations in the world? Slowly move the discussion towards the 7 wonders of the world and how some of them are no longer around. Show them pictures of the seven wonders. Is there anyone in the class who has actually seen them? Ask the student to describe how they felt seeing the sight (either in person or in the picture). Ask students if they know where all of these are located. If a student thinks they know allow them to place a maker on the map of the world and then go over the locations of the 7 wonders of the world. For ELL students, I would make sure to use plenty of visual aids such as pictures and a replica of the wonder that can be held by the student, so they can put the pictures and words to a physical object.
Practice:
 Move on in the discussion to ask students what new wonders should be included in this list. Also ask them which ones they think are natural. The words “modern” and “natural” will be part of the vocabulary that will be covered in the lesson and meaning. Meaning will be taught with the history of the 7 wonders and then the students will be able to decide if a wonder is modern or natural. This gives both native and ELL speakers a chance to explore the meaning of the words because they have to apply it to the 7 wonders and how they were created. This is also giving the students the history of the wonder at the same time they are exploring vocabulary.
Accommodations:
 If there are any ELL students who are having too much trouble keeping up with the lesson and vocabulary, they will be given special instruction at a later time in similar format, so they still get to participate in similar activities using the technology and speaking aloud.
Checking For Understanding:
 Students will be evaluated based on their participation in the whole class discussions, group discussion and there will also be a formal assessment. (Note: The detailed assesments per the assignment requirment will be listed after the lesson plan.)
Closure:
 Once all of the groups have finished presenting their poster boards, we will transition to the next activity by having a class discussion about what was learned.

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