Continents: Understanding the World

Lesson 1

Objective

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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Discussion & Writing Prompt

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

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Key Questions

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  • 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.

Vocabulary

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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.