Continents: Understanding the World

Lesson 1


Identify different things you might see in North America.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Explore North America by Bobbie Kalman  pp. 4 – 15

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Target Task


Discussion & Writing Prompt

What are some things you might see in North America? Give three specific examples.

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Key Questions


  • What is an ocean? What is a continent? Identify two to three specific oceans and continents on the map.

  • What is a country? Use the word “border” and “government” in your answer.

  • What is the equator?

  • What is the climate like in North America?

  • What type of tall land is in North America? Give two specific examples.

  • What types of water might we see in North America? Use the words “seas,” “rivers,” and “lakes” in your answer.



ocean     (n.)

large area of water

continent     (n.)

seven large areas of land

island     (n.)

land that is surrounded by water

climate     (n.)

the weather an area has had for a long period of time

mountain     (n.)

a tall area of land

landform     (n.)

different shapes on the earth’s surface

sea     (n.)

an area of ocean that is partly surrounded by land

river     (n.)

a large area of water that flows into a lake, ocean, or another river

lake     (n.)

a large body of water surrounded by land

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Common Core Standards

  • L.1.6 — Use words and phrases acquired through conversations, reading and being read to, and responding to texts, including using frequently occurring conjunctions to signal simple relationships (e.g., because).

  • RI.1.1 — Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

  • RI.1.5 — Know and use various text features (e.g., headings, tables of contents, glossaries, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text.

  • RI.1.7 — Use the illustrations and details in a text to describe its key ideas.

  • SL.1.2 — Ask and answer questions about key details in a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.