Lesson Plan Day 3


Writing Standards K–5

Lesson # 3 Title: Royal Castle Floor Plan Duration: 1 day

Learning Goals Based on Standards: Reading Standards for Informational Text K–5

5 Know and use various text features (e.g., captions, bold print, subheadings, glossaries, indexes, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text efficiently.  

Speaking and Listening Standards K–5

 8. Recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question. 1. Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 2 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.  2 Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section. 2. Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media. of  3. Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to clarify comprehension, gather additional information, or deepen understanding of a topic or issue.

Essential Questions:

What advice do you give to someone who is lost? How do you give directions to someone who is lost? What are the cardinal directions?

Students will Know:

Students will know features of a map. Students will know letter recognition and spelling geographical their definitions. words. Students will know how to use a compass rose. Students will reinforce their knowledge of geography vocabulary and

Students will Understand:

Students will understand the cardinal directions (north, east, south, and west) and learn how to use a compass rose.

Students will Do:

Students will watch a cardinal direction video. Students will listen to the story The Armadillo from Amarillo by Lynne Cherry. They will then participate in a Scrambled Geography activity. Students will then explore the Royal Castle to demonstrate their knowledge of the cardinal directions. pg. 1 M. Hilbert

Assessment: How will students demonstrate the desired understandings?

(Performance tasks, quizzes, tests, journals, homework, observations, etc.)

How will understanding be judged?

Students will demonstrate their understanding of cardinal directions and a compass rose by correctly labeling a map when given step by step directions. Students will need some guidance with directions, though work can be done independently.

Instructional Activities/Sequence:


Students will begin by watching a video on YouTube. It is a review of what they have been learning and will reinforce concepts. It is 4 minutes and 32 seconds long. It is entitled: Maps – An Intro for Kids 2.


Students will then meet on the rug for a story: The Armadillo from Amarillo by Lynne Cherry. This is an interactive read aloud, so students will be discussing the story with their partners and with the class throughout the book. The teacher designates when students will discuss, what they will discuss, and how long. Each discussion is brief. 3.



Students will then participate in the Scrambled Geography Activity found on page 9 in Marvelous Map Activities for Young Learners by Minnie Ashcraft. Teacher preparation is needed before teaching the lesson. Students will then participate in the Royal Castle Floor Plan Activity. It can be found at the following website. http://www.superteacherworksheets.com/maps/mapskills-castle_WMZNQ.pdf

This activity will need teacher guidance especially for second grade. Please preview and decide how you would like to use it in your classroom. This can be used as an assessment. Students will finish the day by creating their own compass rose and participating in a Think-Pair-Share. Learn more about the strategy Think-Pair-Share at: http://www.readingquest.org/strat/tps.html

website. The question is: What advice do you give to someone who is lost? An example for a compass rose can be found at the following http://www.teachervision.fen.com/tv/printables/orange/ss-3.pdf

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Construction paper Scissors Glue pencil


Marvelous Map Activities for Young Learners by Minnie Ashcraft




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