Matters of Education

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Geography Basics

Length of Time:   30 minutes


Essential Questions

How can students use the basic of geography to make sense of their own environment?

Common Core Standards

English Language Arts: Reading: Informational Text: Key Ideas and Details, K-2

RI.K-2.1. Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
RI.K-2.3. Describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text.

English Language Arts: Reading: Informational Text: K-2

With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the text in which they appear (e.g., what person, place, thing, or idea in the text an illustration depicts).

English Language Arts: Language, Vocabulary Acquisition and Use, K-2

Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on reading and content.


Content Standards

Massachusetts Curriculum Standards:

Grade 1: History and Geography
4. Describe a map as a representation of a space, such as the classroom, the school, the neighborhood, town, city, state, country, or world. (G)

5. Identify cardinal directions (north, east, south, west) and apply them to maps, locations in the classroom, school, playground, and community. (G)

Grade 2: History and Geography
4. Describe how maps and globes depict geographical information in different ways. (G)
5. Read globes and maps and follow narrative accounts using them.