A sample lesson plan for researching and exploring a country can follow this sequence to best integrate the concepts. A lesson can be part of a broad curriculum or it can be as specific as you want it to be. If you are not planning a trip anytime soon, the student can be an “armchair traveler.”
Sample Lesson Ideas:
Choose a destination— state or country. Have the student write to the Chamber of Commerce or Tourism Bureau of that destination requesting materials. Some will provide these for free. When the package arrives from the Chamber of Commerce, the student sorts through useful information as they become the “docent” or “travel agent. When I was a teacher in the 90’s, my students enthusiastically waited for these packages to arrive. It was the highlight of this unit. Now the different subjects come in:
Geography-–use Google Maps or a regular atlas to locate the destination Social Studies–draw and learn about the country’s map symbols and colors www. shop.nationalgeographic.com/ngs/product/geography/little-passports-world-edition—one-year-subscription
Science or Art-– make a craft or project depending on the destination you are studying. Example: a volcano project for Santorini, Greece. A paper maiche mountain project for The Alps, etc.. Make a poster of your country, showing the highlights.
Cuisine-– make a recipe from that region, serve it for family dinner that night and discuss what you learned about the country you are studying Reading– read the books you’ve checked out about your country and share factoids with your family
Writing– write a sentence or paragraph on the country (see Quizzes section of this blog)
Language–use an audio translator on the computer to repeat phrases from the various countries. Build a vocabulary word bank of foreign words. (See France on this blog)
Math- create a budget for your travel expenses. Calculate the distance of miles between countries. On the airplane, have the student observe the maps on the TV screens that show the distance and location of the flight route.
Art & Photography: when the trip is over, make a photobook together on iPhoto, Shutterfly, etc.
Integrate the concepts-–you use visual, auditory and kinesthetic modalities when you do the following:
- visual- learning through images, graphics, sights
- auditory- hearing
- kinesthetic- tactile and physical learning
- Check out books about the destination (ex: Archeology or Sea Life)— VISUAL
2. check out a related DVD (ex: National Geographic Kids video)–AUDITORY 3. go on a related field trip (ex: visit the city Aquarium, zoo)–KINESTHETIC If any of this seems too complicated or overwhelming, even just choosing 2 ideas will enhance your trip for your children!
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© Gina Michalopulos Kingsley. This lesson plan and others are copyrighted in the book, A Magic Carpet Ride.