- Fifth Grade
- 140 minutes
Use this lesson to teach your students about the major bodies of water by letting them create miniature versions of their own!
Students will be able to identify the major bodies of water and describe examples of the major bodies of water.
Introduction (10 minutes)
- Write the following words on the board: "ocean," "gulf," "bay," "inlet," "river," and "lakes."
- Ask your students if they know what those words mean.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (30 minutes)
- Go over the Bodies Of Water slideshow presentation with your students.
- Explain each slide with examples.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (50 minutes)
- Ask your students to create a Bodies Of Water book using white paper.
- Tell your students to use the slides to get information.
- Tell your students that the book should be seven pages. There should be a page for each type of body of water and a title page.
- Each page about a body of water should contain a description of the body of water as well as a 3D picture of the body of water that sticks out.
- The pictures should be created using construction paper.
Independent Working Time (20 minutes)
- Ask your students to create a flow chart for each body of water.
- Tell your students that the top rectangle should name the body of water.
- Tell your students that there should be four rectangles connected to each top rectangle. The bottom rectangles should contain examples for each body of water.
- Tell your students to use the slides, maps, or their textbook to find names of various rivers, oceans, bays, gulfs, inlets, and lakes.
- Enrichment: Ask your students to create a poster about any body of water. Their poster should have the title, examples, and pictures of at least four examples along with three facts about each example.
- Support: Get a world map. Point to the various rivers, lakes, oceans, inlets, gulfs, and bays. Show your students the area covered by each.
Assessment (20 minutes)
- Have your students complete the Bodies of Water worksheet.
Review and Closing (10 minutes)
- Go around the class and ask your students to state a fact about any body of water.