Reflection: Lesson Planning Rural or Urban? - Section 2: Activity


For this activity I highly recommend making sure you have the right kind of magazines for the students to go through. Fortunately I found this out before the lesson when I was preparing my model supplies. I was going through just some regular magazines and I had a great deal of trouble finding images of rural items and city dwellings.

Once I discovered the difficulty with those particular magazines I went and got some free real estate flyers from the grocery store and went to the art teacher to take some of his National Geographic magazines. Both of these sources provided much better material for the students to go through and get the images they needed to sort.

One other thing i discovered is the students became terribly distracted by the things they saw in the magazine. This caused them to run out of time without successfully completing the assignment. We did have some great discussions going on, but not many of them related to the topic at hand.     

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Rural or Urban?

Unit 9: Maps
Lesson 2 of 6

Objective: Students will be able to sort common objects into categories to gain a sense of the concepts the categories represent.

Big Idea: Finding and sorting images from magazines helps students define urban and rural.

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