World 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 do your students know about world geography? This lesson plan uses a fact-based text lesson to provide information about geography to students and a fun activity to reinforce learning.

Learning Objectives

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

  • define key vocabulary related to world geography
  • label the seven continents and the oceans on a map
  • outline primary geographical features of the world


  • 45 minutes to 1 hour

Curriculum Standards


Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.


Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.


Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.


Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.


  • Paper copies of the text lesson World Geography: Lesson for Kids
  • Photocopies of blank world maps
  • Colored pencils
  • A worksheet created using the quiz associated with the text lesson
  • Access to the internet for research
  • Large sheets of construction paper
  • Markers
  • Scissors

Key Vocabulary

  • Geography
  • Continent
  • Oceans
  • Mountains
  • Rivers
  • Lakes
  • Terrain


  • Begin by writing the word 'geography' on the board. Ask students what they think the word means, writing their ideas on the board.
  • Pass out the paper copies of the text lesson to the class now, one copy per student.
  • Instruct the students to take turns reading a line or two at a time aloud the 'The Big Blue Planet Earth' and 'The Continents' sections of the text lesson.
  • Pass out the blank maps now, one per student.
  • Now have the students label each of the seven continents on their maps.
  • Tell the students to take turns reading aloud the 'The Oceans' section of the text lesson now.
  • Have the class label the oceans on their maps now.
  • Ask the class to take turns reading aloud the rest of the text lesson now.
    • Does our state have mountains?
    • Does our state have rivers?
    • Does our state have lakes?
    • What types of terrain can be found in our state?
  • Pass out the worksheet now and have students work independently to complete it.

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