Create Your Own Island Lesson Plan

Instructor: John Hamilton

John has tutored algebra and SAT Prep and has a B.A. degree with a major in psychology and a minor in mathematics from Christopher Newport University.

Teach your students how to create their own islands with this helpful lesson plan. They will take part in discussion questions about the topic, and also participate in a hands-on activity.

Learning Objectives

After studying this lesson about creating your own island the students will be able to:

  • Create and design their very own islands
  • Define an island and describe some of its features
  • Explain the characteristics and life forms of various islands


1 - 1.5 Hours


  • Markers
  • Construction paper
  • Internet access

Curriculum Standards


Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts.


Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.


  • Ask students to name any islands they can think of.
  • Have any of the students visited an island?
  • Introduction to the topic:
    • An island is a mass of land (of varying size) that is completely surrounded by water. While they are often considered small relative to other land masses, some islands are large. The word 'island' can also refer to something similar, as in isolated. For example, 'the quaint bookstore is the last island of good taste in our town.' Interestingly, the word island can also be used as a verb, although that is rare these days. For instance, 'he islanded the plastic toys in the center of his swimming pool.'
  • Vocabulary words:
    • An island can also be referred to as a cay, a key, or an islet.
    • An archipelago is a group of islands.
    • A skerry is a small island that usually has no inhabitants and is rather rocky.
  • How are islands formed?
  • How do islands change over time?

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