Tuesday, May 1, 2012

1st Grade Lesson Plan on Landforms

Student’s Name: Amanda Wright
Date: April 23, 2012
Grade Level: 1st Grade
Content Area: Social Studies, English Language Arts and Reading

Title of Lesson: Texas Landforms

Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills (TEKS):
            Social Studies
(6) Geography. The student understands various physical and human characteristics. The student is expected to:
(A) identify and describe the physical characteristics of place such as landforms, bodies of water, natural resources, and weather;

            English Language Arts and Reading
(27) Listening and Speaking/Listening. Students use comprehension skills to listen attentively to others in formal and informal settings. Students continue to apply earlier standards with greater complexity. Students are expected to:
(A) listen attentively to speakers and ask relevant questions to clarify information
Specific Objectives:
            Students will:
·         Explain what landforms and regions are found in Texas
·         Identify where regions and landforms are in the state of Texas

Materials and Equipment Needed for the Lesson:
·         Book: All Around Texas Regions and Resources by Mary Dodson Wade
·         Computer w/Internet access
·         SmartBoard
·         Online Texas Map
·         Vocabulary List of Landforms
·         Bar of soap
·         Popsicle Stick
·         Manila Paper
·         Crayons
·         Pencils
·         Example of landform extension activity

Procedures with number of minutes:
1.      Discuss vocabulary words that will be discussed in the lesson (distribute list for students reference) – 20 minutes
a.       Landforms - one of the features that make up the earth's surface
b.      Mountain – an elevation higher than a hill
c.       Valley – an area of lowland between ranges of hills or mountains
d.      Plains – an area of level or rolling treeless land
e.       Ocean – whole body of salt water that covers nearly ¾ of earth
f.       River – a large stream
g.       Lake – a large inland body of still water
h.      Hill – land lower than a mountain
i.        Gulf – a portion of an ocean or sea partly enclosed by land
j.        Peninsula – piece of land extending out into a body of water
2.      Locate the landforms that are found in the state of Texas on the SmartBoard map of Texas – 15 minutes
3.      Demonstrate the landforms on my hand – 10 minutes
a.       Refer back to the vocabulary list as we discuss
4.      Give students bar of soap and a popsicle stick – 5 minutes
a.       Give students directions on what to do with the soap – 15 minutes
                                                                                                  i.      Create the landforms we discussed on the bar of soap
1.      The soap is the continent and they are to create a mountain, hill, and river.

Assessment, Reflection, and Revision:
·               I will assess students by the following measures by:
o   How well they follow directions
o   How engaged they are during the lesson
o   How well of an understanding the students have on the topic
Remediation/Extension Activities:
·         Assist students who have difficulties understanding landforms with one-on-one instruction
·         Give students that complete their assignment early a piece of Manila paper and crayons.
o   Have students to fold the paper in to 6 equal parts
o   Students are to draw one of the following in each square
§  A mountain
§  A hill
§  A lake
§  A plain
§  A river
§  A ocean
Adapted from lessons found on the following websites:

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