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Landmarks Scavenger Hunt

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.
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Students will be able to identify the different kinds of landmarks in their neighbourhood.

(5 minutes)
  • Tell students that today they're going to take a short field trip.
  • Explain 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.
(10 minutes)
  • Name or draw the landmarks you will encounter on the board.
  • Think aloud details and characteristics of landforms as you sketch some landmarks and write the name for each of the landmarks under the drawing.
  • You can show the students pictures of the landmarks on a computer or electronic tablet if you feel it will help your class.
(30 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.
(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.
  • Have peers take turns presenting their drawings in partnerships. Instruct them to share the details about each landform they drew as they share their descriptions of their drawings.
  • Remind students to use some of the descriptive language you modeled during the teacher instruction section and the walk aroudn the neighborhood.

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.
(10 minutes)
  • Ask the students what landmarks they've seen today in their neighborhood.
  • Ask them what landmarks they haven't seen today and why they think that that's the case.
  • Circulate during student presentations to assess student use of details in their descriptions of their landform drawings.
(5 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.

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