Grade Levels: 3-5

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Continents of the World, and supports the standard of understanding that geographic regions have unifying characteristics. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of creative projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Prompt students to reflect on the characteristics of their geographical location, and how it compares to other places. Ask students: 

  • How would you describe the place where you live? For example, do you live near the ocean? Are there mountains? Valleys? 
  • How does where you live compare to other places in the world?

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

  • Read the description on the Continents of the World topic page.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the following Related Reading articles: “Famous Faces” or “Way Back When”. Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: APPLY 

Students synthesize their ideas and express them through one or more of the following creative projects. They can work individually or collaborate.  

  • Make-a-Movie: Imagine you are on a journey to all seven continents! Create a travelogue of your experience, describing the different characteristics of each.
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map comparing and contrasting two continents. Include details about their geographic features, climate, and peoples.
  • Creative Coding: Code a sorting game that asks players to sort geographic places into different categories.

Step 4: REFLECT & ASSESS 

Reflect: After sharing creative projects with each other, students reflect on what they’ve learned about the Continents of the World. Prompt them by asking questions such as: 

  • How is a continent different from a country?
  • What geographic features might separate continents?
  • What features do all continents share? What features are distinct?

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Continents of the World Challenge

Step 5:  Extend Learning

Play Sortify: Continents and Oceans, a learning game challenging players to sort land masses and bodies of water into different categories.

Continue to build understanding around the connections between environment and culture with BrainPOP’s Geography topics, games, and teacher resources.

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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