ESL Thailand Lesson Plan

Instructor: Caitlin Ferraiolo Brady

Caitlin is a sixth grade geography teacher in Connecticut. She holds a Master's Degree in Educational Techonology.

This lesson is an exploration of Thailand's geography and culture. Students will learn about the religion, food, physical features, climate, and political features of Thailand.

Lesson Objective

At the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Identify Thailand's political features on a map.
  • Draw conclusions about Thai culture from a variety of maps and artifacts.

Common Core Curriculum Standards


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


Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.

Time Length

Two 45 minute class periods (three centers per day)


  • Physical and political maps of Thailand
  • Blank maps of Thailand
  • Student Atlases
  • Bamboo and palm fronds (live, dried, or photograph)
  • Thai food dish to sample
  • Paper cups or bowls and utensils
  • Thailand reflection sheet
  • Direction sheets for each center
  • Climate map puzzle
  • Physical feature name cards
  • Buddha statue
  • Copy of a Buddhist prayer
  • Buddhist prayer flags and prayer beads


  • Political Geography
  • Physical Geography
  • Compass
  • Key/Legend
  • Buddhism

Lesson Instructions

  1. Students will be visiting a variety of Thailand centers. Create a Thailand Exploration Sheet for students to write down their reflections as they visit each center. Have five boxes on the sheet with the name of each center, corresponding guiding questions (see below), and room for students to write their reflections.
  2. Invite students to look at a map of Thailand. Be sure to choose a map with both physical and political features on it. Have them use map skills to locate and point out the title, key/legend, and compass on the map. Ask students to infer the topic of the day's lesson based on the map.
  3. Explain Thailand's relative location including the hemisphere, continent, and region in which it can be found.
  4. Going back to the map of Thailand, have students locate and point out the capital city, three additional cities, and two physical features that they see in the map.


Have the following Thailand centers set up in your room. Create a short direction sheet for the students to follow as they visit each center. Allow small groups of students to visit each center for 10-15 minutes, depending on the time you have. When each activity is complete, the students should answer the corresponding question on their Thailand Exploration Sheet.

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