Grade 3 – Dynamic Relationships
Interactive Activity: Physically Mapping the World
DR3.1 Use various model representations of the Earth.
- Demonstrate understanding that the surface of the Earth can be represented through maps, aerial photographs, and satellite images.
- Identify geographic concepts including continents, countries, borders, hemispheres, and the equator.
- Locate and identify the continents and oceans on a map or globe.
- Locate and identify countries or regions studied on a map or globe.
Understanding the Outcome
- Wall Maps
- Google Maps
- Google Earth
- National Geographic – Interactive Globe
- World Atlas
- Satellite Images
- Historical Treaties of Canada Map
DR3.2 Assess the degree to which the geography and related environmental and climatic factors influence ways of living on and with the land.
DR3.3 Compare the beliefs of various communities around the world regarding living on and with the land.
Outcome 1 is critical as it sets the base for Outcomes 2 and 3 for Grade 3 Social Studies. The details of this outcome builds the context of what has dictated how humans live and survive. Knowing the concept of borders, hemispheres, lines of latitude and longitude, major land formations, waterways, resources, etc. provide the information we need to further understand how humans, and animals, interact with the land. This knowledge allows students to understand the following outcomes in a type of funnel effect, where the concepts build upon one another and narrow in focus.
The following is a teaching strategy/ assessment tool that would incorporate the use of the inquiry method and putting students into small groups. This would be worked on throughout all three outcomes: While learning the first outcome, groups of 2 or 3 students would be assigned to a particular country, continent or ocean. The students would then create a presentation (poster, lesson, performance, etc.) displaying various details about their location based on the information they are learning. During the second and third outcomes, the groups would add significant information they learned about to their location to their presentations. At the end of the year, a fair or student-led teaching experience would be presented for the students to teach their peers about their location.
Teaching the Outcome
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