Patterns in Physical Geography Lesson Plan

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 factors influence patterns in physical geography? This lesson plan uses a video lesson to explain the contributing factors while outlining America's physical geography. An activity helps students create a visual representation of the concepts.

Learning Objectives

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

  • discuss migration patterns in America
  • list the factors that impact physical geography
  • explain the influence technology has on physical geography

Length

45 to 90 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.3

Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.7

Integrate quantitative or technical analysis (e.g., charts, research data) with qualitative analysis in print or digital text.

Materials

  • A map of the United States
  • A worksheet created using the quiz from the associated video lesson
  • Access to reference materials, textbooks, or the Internet
  • Over-sized drawing paper
  • Markers

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