Continents: Understanding the World

Lesson 2


Identify different things you can see in North America.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Explore North America by Bobbie Kalman  pp. 16 – 25

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Target Task


Discussion & Writing Prompt

What are some different ecosystems you may see in North America? Give two specific examples.

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Key Questions


  • What is a tundra? What will you find in a tundra?

  • What is a forest? What will you find in a forest?

  • What is a grassland? What will you find in a grassland?

  • What is a desert? What will you find in a desert?



tundra     (n.)

frozen land

forest     (n.)

an area where many trees grow

grassland     (n.)

a large flat area with lots of grass

desert     (n.)

very hot, dry areas

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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.