Illinois Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What is unique about the State of Illinois? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to highlight key facts about the state for students. An activity allows for creativity in demonstrating what was learned.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify Illinois on a map of the United States
  • outline the history of the State of Illinois
  • discuss key characteristics of the State of Illinois including geography and population
  • list the symbols, slogans and nicknames of the State of Illinois

Length

60 to 90 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.1

Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.2

Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.3

Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.7

Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).

Materials

  • A photograph of a cardinal
  • A photograph of bluegill
  • A photograph of a native violet
  • Paper copies of the text lesson Illinois Lesson for Kids: History & Facts
  • A map of the United States
  • A worksheet created using the quiz from the associated text lesson
  • Over-sized, heavyweight white paper
  • Fine-tipped markers in assorted colors

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