Lesson Plan Title : Around The World: World Continents and Oceans

Overview and Purpose: Students will work to grasp key areas of the Earth and Geographic Regions.


1.Student will understand The world is made up of regions that are very different from each other in terms of climate, geography, animal life, and culture.

2. Students will understand the United States itself contains a variety of climate zones and geographical features, abundant animal life, and many cultures.

3. Students should be able to pronounce, spell and identify the seven land continents and four major oceans. Key vocabulary will include: North America, South America, Antarctic, Australia, Africa, Europe, Asia, Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean and Southern Ocean


World Map, Pictures of Antarctica, Australia, Nepal and China, and Oman, PowerPoint that has a piece of information about weather, landforms, and animal life all these countries, Chart



1. Review the definition of culture.

2. Ask students "how do you think weather, landforms, and animal affect culture?"

3. Show pictures of Antarctica and have students guess what they think culture is like on that continent. Explain to students that it's hard to figure out what to say about the culture of the people in Antarctica because there are so few people living there. Nevertheless, ask students to think about the people who are sent to work in Antarctica with a few other people for many months at a stretch. Ask, "What are the advantages and disadvantages of being with a small number of other people for a long time?"

4. Ask students how many continents there are. Graph the answers on the white board.

5. Ask students how many were born in the U.S. (Show of hands). What continent were they born in? Ask how many were born outside of the U.S. (Individual answers, where?) What continent were they born in?


1. Pass out the chart that has the countries on one side and have weather, life forms, animals, and culture across top. Demonstrate how students should fill out chart. They will put facts from PowerPoint and from own research into chart.

2. Show PowerPoint slides on the countries.

3. Demonstrate how students can look up more information about countries from the text and discuss with them what they think cultures would look like in those countries. Tell them they can verify fact by looking in the text.

4. Show students a world map with labeled continents.

5. Show relationship of map to the globe.

Class Practice:

1. Cooperative learning activity: life-size jigsaw puzzle map of the world for the students to put together.

2. Have students work with partners and complete filling out the chart.

Independent Practice:

1.Give students a blank outline map of the world, to color and to identify the 7 continents and 4 oceans.

2. Asks students to imagine that they are visiting these countries. Have them write three similarities and three differences between one countries customs and their own.

Accommodations (Differentiated Instruction):

1.Allow ELL students to utilize computer software/game to practice, hearing the correct pronunciation of the continents, clues to identifying the continents.

2. Listen to the continents song.

Learning Checkup:

1. Have students break into pairs and have students practice.

2. Ask students "What did you find out most interesting about the cultures?"

3. How are these cultures similar to our own? How do they differ?

Wrap Up:

1. Ask students "What types of cultures are in the US?"

2. Review the cultures with the class.