Lesson Plan on Map Skills for South Asia

Teacher: Cynthia Winkler Subject: Geography
Grade Level: 7th Date: June 2, 1999.

I. Content: Seven countries, their cities, mountains, and bodies of water, comprise the realm of South Asia (the 8th realm).

II. Prerequisites: The student should be able to name the 12 major cultural realms of the world (Europe, Russia, North America, Middle America, South America, North Africa/Southwest Asia, Subsaharan Africa, South Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia, Australia, and Pacific realm). The student should have prior knowledge of the first seven realms discussed in previous lessons. The students need to know vocabulary from previous lessons such as Realm, State, Primate City, Bay, and Plateaus. The student will also have knowledge of map orientation (N, S, E, and W).

III. Instructional Objectives: When requested, the student will label the following on a map of South Asia:
The seven states - India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives; The rivers of the Himalayas - Brahmaputra, Ganges, and Indus; Physiographical Regions- River Lowland, Southern Plateaus, Mountains;  Cities-Ahmadabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Colombo, Delhi-New Delhi, Dhaka, Mumbai (Bombay), Hyderabad, Karachi, Kathmandu, Lahore, and Madras; Large bodies of water- Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea, and the Bay of Bengal.

IV. Instructional Procedures:
A. Beginning Review
-The lesson begins with a review of the realm previously studied (Subsaharan Africa, #7).
-An overhead transparency is shown of realm #7.
-While pointing to different areas of map, call on various students to name what cities, rivers, mountains, and regions you are pointing to (which have been discussed in last lesson).
-Now the teacher will place a map of the world on the overhead transparency, and say: " We have looked at 7 of the 12 cultural realms and today we will learn about the 8th realm called?"
-The teacher will pause for a few seconds, and call on one student to answer.
-"Yes, South Asia is the 8th realm we will look at today."
-The teacher will ask the students what and how many countries make up this realm, while she/he changes transparencies.
B. Presentation
-The teacher will place an unlabeled map of South Asia on the overhead (while students are thinking what countries make up South Asia).
-The teacher will call on students and discuss answers. The seven countries will be labeled on the transparency in different colors.
-Then a handout of the same map along with what the teacher wants to be labeled on the map will be handed out to students.
-At this point, the teacher can either have the students work in groups of  three or individually to label the map, using their textbook or the world map that is located in the back of the class.
-Students will complete this task in approximately 35min (circulate and observe students, assist students if needed).
-The teacher will then discuss the realm in more depth, focusing on people, culture, languages, the importance of Ganges River, Himalayas, and religions of this realm.
C. Ending Review
-The lesson concludes with class discussion about the realm.
-7 states of this realm are reviewed and bodies of water.

V. Materials and Equipment: The materials and equipment for this lesson include: overhead machine, overhead transparencies of realm #7 Subsaharan Africa (from previous lesson), world map transparency, and realm #8
South Asia transparency. Colored markers for overhead transparencies (not permanent). Map handouts of South Asia with labeling list (pre-copied and stapled). Large world map in the back of class.

VI. Assessment: The teacher will give the class a test. The test will consist of map labeling. A blank map of the realm will be given to the student. The student will label his/her map correctly from a list of 38 items (of which only 32 are to be labeled on the map).

VII. Follow-up Activities: The students will be asked to pick a county in this realm and do a brief oral report on it to the class. The report must focus on at least one of the following: religion, culture, history, traditions. This can be a project to be worked on in groups of about 3 to 4 students or alone, depending on the class size. (Other things to include: population, bordering countries, economy of country, exports and imports, etc.)

VIII. Self-Assessment: The teacher will collect feedback from in class assignments through observation of student motivation and participation. The teacher will determine whether discrepancies exist between intended and actual lesson outcomes. 

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