- Kindergarten, First Grade
- Social Studies, ESL
- 125 minutes
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September 10, 2015
by Natalie Chari
Help your kids learn about landmarks with this lesson that takes them on a field trip around the school and has them record their findings in writing.
Students will be able to identify the different kinds of landmarks in their neighbourhood.
Introduction (5 minutes)
- Tell students that today they're going to take a short field trip.
- Tell students that, as a class, they will be walking around in the neighborhood and identifying different types of landmarks, or parts of your neighborhood that are easily recognizable.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)
- Name or draw the landmarks you will encounter on the board.
- You can show the students pictures of the landmarks on a computer or electronic tablet if you feel it will help your class.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (60 minutes)
- Hand out the Types of Landmarks worksheet to each student. Explain the directions to them.
- Take the students out for a walk around the neighborhood.
- Make sure that they circle the landmarks that are in your neighborhood.
Independent Working Time (30 minutes)
- Ask students to draw and write in their journals about the field trip, specifically what they see and the landmarks you discussed earlier.
- Enrichment: For advanced students, let them write their journal entries on their own and set sentence and vocabulary minimums for them to complete.
- Support: For support students, assist them with their journal entries, letting them use the worksheet or a list of local landmarks to help them along.
Assessment (10 minutes)
- Ask the students what landmarks they've seen today in their neighbourhood.
- Ask the students what landmarks they haven't seen today and why they think that that's the case.
Review and Closing (10 minutes)
- Discuss today's lesson and ask the students what their favorite part of the lesson was.
- If time permits, draw a rough sketch of the neighborhood, labeling landmarks, on the board with your class' assistance.