The Continents of Africa and South America Unit Plan

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The Continents of Africa and South America Unit Plan

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10 x Lessons | Suitable for Grade: 4

This Geography unit addresses the topographical features and the natural environment of the continents of Africa and South America.

It consists of 10 lessons of approximately 60 minutes duration.

The sequence of lessons and suggested time frames should be regarded as a guide only; teachers should pace lessons in accordance with the individual learning needs of their class.

Teachers are encouraged to collect samples of students’ work throughout the unit to add to a learning portfolio. These can then be used to assess students’ understanding of the unit objectives.

 Overview

Objectives

  • To revise world geography.
  • To identify some of the countries and major cities on the continent of Africa.
  • To explore the topographical features of the continent of Africa.
  • To explore the natural environment of the continent of Africa.
  • To demonstrate an understanding of the natural environment of Africa through an open-ended inquiry.
  • To identify some of the countries and major cities on the continent of South America.
  • To explore the topographical features of the continent of South America.
  • To explore the natural environment of the continent of South America.
  • To demonstrate an understanding of the natural environment of South America through an open-ended inquiry.
  • To reflect on learning about the continents of Africa and South America.

This Geography unit provides excellent opportunities for cross-curricular integration. Look for ways to meaningfully integrate the content of the unit with other learning areas e.g. LiteracyNumeracy and Science.

Prior to commencing the unit, develop a classroom display which focuses on the continents of Africa and South America. Display maps, flags and learning goals that the students will engage with throughout the unit to stimulate their learning. For examples of additional teaching resources to display in your classroom, browse the Africa collection and the South America collection on the Teach Starter website.

Some of the resources which accompany this unit plan will need to be prepared prior to teaching. For this reason, it is advised that teachers browse through all lessons before commencing the unit.

 Lessons

60 minutes
Lesson 1

Where in the World?

A 60 minute lesson in which students will revise world geography.

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60 minutes
Lesson 2

Welcome to Africa!

A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify some of the countries and major cities on the continent of Africa.

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60 minutes
Lesson 3

The Topography of Africa

A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore the topographical features of the continent of Africa.

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60 minutes
Lesson 4

The Natural Environment of Africa

A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore the natural environment of the continent of Africa.

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60 minutes
Lesson 5

The Natural Environment of Africa - Inquiry Task

A 60-minute lesson in which students will demonstrate their understanding of the natural environment of Africa through an open-ended inquiry.

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60 minutes
Lesson 6

Welcome to South America!

A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify some of the countries and major cities on the continent of South America.

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60 minutes
Lesson 7

The Topography of South America

A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore the topographical features of the continent of South America.

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60 minutes
Lesson 8

The Natural Environment of South America

A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore the natural environment of the continent of South America.

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60 minutes
Lesson 9

The Natural Environment of South America - Inquiry Task

A 60 minute lesson in which students will demonstrate their understanding of the natural environment of South America through an open-ended inquiry.

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60 minutes
Lesson 10

Reflection of Learning

A 60 minute lesson in which students will reflect on what they have learned about the continents of Africa and South America.

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  NSW Curriculum alignment

  Victorian Curriculum alignment

  Australian Curriculum alignment

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GeographyCountriesEnvironmentsAfricaSouth America


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