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Social Studies

April 25, 2015

Geography: The 5 oceans

Grade 2

2 class periods


Intended Student Outcomes/ Objectives

A) Students will identify, name, and compare and contrast each of the five
oceans and show their knowledge on an our worlds oceans
assessment, with 85% accuracy.
B) Students will create a diorama of our five oceans, including the names,
what continents border it, and the estimated size. This will be an
individual activity and students will graded based on creativity and
accuracy of project.
C) Students will apply their knowledge of the worlds oceans by completing
a worksheet that gives the continents and students must match which
ocean(s) border the given continents, with 85% accuracy

Geography, Maine State Learning Results: Students understand the nature and basic ideas
of geography.

C) Use basic maps and globes to identify local and distant places and
locations, directions (including N, S, E, and W), and basic physical,
environmental, and cultural features.


A) Materials1) Student materials: Pencils, crayons, markers, scissors, glue sticks.
2) Teachers materials: Borders what continent worksheets, Smart Board
presentation, our worlds oceans assessment, diorama paper, string, laptop,
and computer lab.
B) Need to do ahead of time1) Create and make copies of the our worlds oceans assessment, get the
diorama paper and string from the art supply room, print off borders what
continent worksheets, and reserve the computer lab for the next class

III. Body of the lesson

A) Introduction/setting the stage for learning
1. I will start off by telling the students the various activities we will be
completing over the next three class periods. I will explain briefly the five
oceans, present a short power point presentation, and go over in general the
activities we will be working on.
B) Procedure and Closure
1. First, students will be gathering in the front of the room for a short video on
the smart board about the five oceans of the world; information will include
their names, basic information about each one, how they differ, and where
they are located. Next I will go over the first worksheet we will be completing
individually. The worksheet will allow students to apply their newfound

knowledge by matching the given ocean(s) with the continent(s) in which

they border. Students have previously learned about the continents so they
should have no problems applying this prior knowledge do to complete this
assignment with 85% accuracy of labeling. This worksheet should take no
more than 15-20 minutes. Next, I will go over the diorama project. Students
will use given materials to create a diorama of our five oceans, including the
ocean names, what continents border the oceans, and the estimated size of
the ocean. Students are encouraged to add any other interesting facts they
can find on the oceans and add it to their dioramas; extra points may be
given depending on the information provided. The students will have the last
15 minutes or so to start brainstorming what they would like to use on their
diorama. Next class period will start by taking the students to the computer
lab so they can research the five oceans and get any information they will
need to finish the project. They will have about 30 minutes in the lab before
we have to go back to the classroom. The final part of the day will be an
assessment for the lesson on the five oceans. Students will have 15-20
minutes to complete the ten question assessment. The students will be given
a map with the continents listed and must fill in the blanks for the given
oceans. They will also need to label on the map where exactly the ocean is
located. Finally, students will be asked various questions asking them to
compare and contrast the oceans they have learned about. Students will
need to achieve 85% accuracy on the assessment to pass successfully.

IV. Evaluation/ Assessment

For the assessment, students will be completing an activity sheet made up of three
different parts. First, the students will be given a blank map, with only continents listed,
and they must simply list the names of the five oceans. In the next part, students will be
asked to correctly label where the oceans are located on the map, using the labeled
continents to help guide them. For the last part of the exam, the students will be asked
question that compare and contrast the oceans in which they have learned about.
Students will achieve 85% accuracy on the assessment.
A) For the assessment, Assessment with rubric
1. Name 5%
2. Correct listing of the five oceans 30%
3. Correctly identify location of oceans on a given map 30%
4. Answer correctly the compare contrast information 30%
5. Neatness of writing and work 5%
6. For a total possible points of 100%

V. Modifications/ Differentiation
A) D/I left/ right brained - Smart Board is used for those students who favor
demonstrated instruction while my brief verbal introduction of the five oceans tailor more
to those left brained folks that prefer verbal instruction.
B) M/I- The maps are a great tool for the students to see and use in class and at
home. The computer lab activity gets them up and moving around for those who benefit
from not sitting still the entire class period. The self-work of the worksheet, exam, and

diorama is geared towards the students who learn best by not working with others, but
C) L/S & V/A/K- Visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners will all do very well with
this lesson, as it connects to all of them. Visual learners will have the Smart Board
examples, the worksheets, and the maps. The auditory learners will have my brief intro
lecture and the answering of any questions during the worksheets/activities, and the
kinesthetic learners will be up and moving around in for the computer lab portion of the
D) I/P- The students will be learning about the five oceans of the world and will
have 3 class periods to work on the given activities. They will also be completing the
diorama project which will help them gain a greater understanding of ocean; each student
will have more than ample time to fully understand the five oceans, their location, and
basic facts about each one.
E) I/R- Whole class, small group, and independent work. Teacher interaction and
teacher check-ins. Connecting with existing interests/knowledge; asking students if they
know which oceans border our state, as well as which border our country. Have any of the
students ever been on a cruise for a vacation with their family. If so, what ocean were they
in when they did so. If they have never been on a cruise, have they flown out of the
country? If they flew from Maine to Europe, which ocean(s) would they be flying over?
Small things that will make the students realize that they may know more about the oceans
than they think they do.

VI. Reflection

A) I think my students will do very well with this lesson. They are great with both
individual and group activities; as this lesson focuses more on the individual
aspect of activities rather than a great deal of group, it will give me the
opportunity to see where students really are individually and who might need
more assistance with the given topics. Students will be completing the
worksheet and assessment during class time as well as doing the majority of
their research in the computer lab during class for the diorama assignment;
however, students will be given all materials needed to complete their dioramas
at home and will be expected to bring them in completed the following week to
present them to the class. I feel the exam should be fairly easy for the students,
as they have recent knowledge of the continents and an abundance of new
knowledge of the oceans; they should be able to easily achieve 85% or higher on
the assessment. Overall, I think this should be a fun and interesting lesson for
the students and as a class, a very enjoyable topic to learn about.