Continents: Understanding the World

Lesson 14


Explain how landforms and ecosystems influence the way people live in different parts of Europe.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Explore Europe by Bobbie Kalman  — pp. 6-7, 10-19

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Target Task


Discussion & Writing Prompt

How do landforms and ecosystems influence the way people live in different parts of Europe?

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Key Questions


  • How many different countries are in Europe? Name three. What text features best helped you answer this question?

  • What is the climate like in Europe? How would having a map help the reader better understand the climate in Europe?

  • What types of water are found in Europe? Identify two to three.

  • What types of landforms and ecosystems are found in Europe? What text features help the reader best understand the landforms and ecosystems in Europe?

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Common Core Standards

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

  • RI.1.3 — Describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information 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.