Grade 3 Map Skills, Geography

West Haven Public Schools

Unit Planning Organizer

Revised July 2011

Subject   Social Studies                                             

Grade 3               

Unit   1 - Map Skills / Geography              

Pacing Daily Geography - Year long

             Exploring Where & Why Map Lessons - 4 weeks

Essential Question(s):

  1. What kinds of symbols can we use on a map to show important features of West Haven?
  2. What are the names of the world’s continents and oceans?

 

Big Idea(s):

  1. Map symbols help us to find important features of West Haven.
  2. World maps and globes show the location of the Earth’s continents and oceans.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CT State Standards (includes West Haven’s “Priority” GLES’s in BOLD and “Supporting” Standards)

Priority:

1.4.1 Use map symbols to locate critical features of one’s town.

1.4.2 Identify and locate the Earth’s continents and oceans.

 

Supporting:

1.5.1 Explain how physical systems (weather and climate affect people and their lives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Unwrapped” Concepts and Skills, and Bloom Levels (BL)

Concepts(Need to Know)

Skills(Able to Do)

BL

 

  • Map Symbols
  • Critical features of West Haven
  • Earth’s continents
  • Earth’s oceans
  • Students own neighborhood or community
  • Characteristics of all communities
  • Urban and rural communities
  • Student’s own continent, country, state, and city
  • Nation’s capital as well as state capitals.
  • Cardinal directions

 

 

 

  • Use - map symbols

 

  • Locate - critical features of West Haven

 

  • Identify and Locate - Earth’s continents and Earth’s oceans

 

 

  • Compare students neighborhood or community with others

 

 

  • Identify common characteristics of all   communities

 

  • Describe characteristics of urban and rural communities

 

  • Locate and name student’s own continent, country, state, and city

 

  • Locate and name nation’s capital as well as other state’s capital.

 

 

  • Name and label the four cardinal directions.

 

 

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Assessments

Common Formative Pre- Assessment (Followed by Data Team Analysis):

See Daily Geography weekly homework questions and quizzes.

See attached Pre-CFA for Exploring Where & Why Map Lessons

“Dipsticks” (Informal Progress Monitoring Checks):

 

 

Common Formative Post- Assessment (Followed by Data Team Analysis):

See Daily Geography weekly quizzes.

See attached Post -CFA for Exploring Where & why Map Lessons

Instructional Planning

Suggested Resources/Materials:

*    Daily Oral Geography Packet

*    United States/World student desk maps (pending purchase approval)

*    Urban and Rural student desk maps (pending purchase approval)

 

*    Exploring Where & Why - Nystrom Lessons:

          Unit 1 Lesson 2 - Comparing Pictures and Maps

          Unit 1 Lesson 3 - How Do Maps Show Information?

          Unit 1 Lesson 7 - Finding North and South

          Unit 1 Lesson 8 - Finding East and West

          Unit 2 Lesson 1 - Our Community and Our State

          Unit 4 Lesson 2 - Finding Our State

          Unit 4 Lesson 3 - Using a Map Grid

 

*    Leveled Readers: (pending purchase approval)

       From Sea To Shining Sea

     Land and Water - How Geography Affects Our Community

       Regions and Resources

       Why We Live Where We Live

 

 

 

Suggested Research-based Effective Instructional Strategies:

         

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vocabulary/Word Wall

Enrichment/Extension

Interdisciplinary Connections

Border/boundary

Basic needs

Capital

Cardinal Directions

City

Coast

Compass/compass rose

Community

Country

Cultural Features

Desert

East

Equator

Goods

Grid

Island

Key/legend

Lake

Latitude/longitude

Map

Map Key

Natural Feature

North

Northern hemisphere

Ocean

River

Route

Services

State

South

Southern hemisphere

Symbol

West

Draw maps and symbols

I-Spy Game - Choose an object in the room and give clues to students bout the object. (I spy something that is east of my desk and west of the windows.)

Create a display about your state or city.