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This lesson was created by L.A.  McFarland

Investigating the Countries of the World

Exploratory Activities (Introductory/Focus)
The  teacher can present the focus to the students by showing them raised world map  (so that the students can touch the map).  The teacher can introduce the lesson by explaining that the world is made up of many countries. In addition, the teacher can explain what country they live in.  The teacher should show the particular country on the world map.

The concept of the lesson is to help students visualize the various countries in the world - countries makeup the world.  The object of the lesson is to help students visualize the many countries which makeup the world.  This lesson is for upper elementary school students (fourth through sixth grades).

Materials, Resources, Software
A a raised world map, paper and writing materials, Internet access, a specific web site dedicated to children on information and locations of various countries,  and software to create presentations.

Concept Development Activities (Procedures/Activities)
The teacher should discuss various countries that the students are aware and locate the countries on the map with the students.

Guided Practice
The teacher should find a specific web site dedicated to children on information and locations of various countries; this should be done before the lesson is given.  The teacher can show the students how to research information at the particular site and on particular countries.  The example link that I picked for this lesson is:

However, the teacher can pick any site which deals with the countries of the world for this lesson.
It is during the time of guided practice that the teacher should review various software presentation packages with the students (it is a good idea that familiarity and practice with various software presentations packages be done before the actual  day of the lesson).

Independent Practice
The teacher can divide students into groups and let them explore and investigate information on specific countries; the information that the students find should be presented to the class.  The teacher should have general questions made for the groups about countries prior to the independent practice (students can answer the questions while doing research).  Presentations or reports can be done with the use of software that is in the classroom.

The teacher can conduct a review of the concepts and researched information found in the lesson.

The teacher can create an extension of the lesson by letting students research countries which interest them.  The students can prepare the information found and present the information to the class.

Originality and Creativity
The teacher should encourage students during independent practice and during the extension to create presentations that are visually pleasing (in terms of color and form).  The teacher should try to get the students to produce works that show their creativity and originality.

Student Products/Evaluation
Student Products will be in the form of the various presentations created during independent practice and extension.  Evaluation should be based on the presentations and the information that they contain.

Presentations should consists of the written portion of the assignment (students may use paper and writing materials for notes during their research) however, the written portion of the lesson will actually consist of the presentations created by the students.

The verbal portion of the lesson will also consist of the presentations created by the students; the teacher may include a word list that must be used in the presentations for the students.

The kinesthetic portion of the lesson can consist of the raised world map and the actually use of the computer (use of the keyboard, movement of the mouse, and other equipment such as scanners etc...) in the research and the creation of the presentations.  

The visual portion of the lesson can consist of the research and notes done by the students.  In addition, the creation of the presentation (with visual representations and color) can consist of the visual portion of the lesson.

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