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Bodies Of Water

Use this lesson to teach your students about the major bodies of water by letting them create miniature versions of their own!
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Students will be able to identify the major bodies of water and describe examples of the major bodies of water.

(10 minutes)
  • Write the following words on the board: "ocean," "gulf," "bay," "inlet," "river," and "lakes."
  • Ask your students if they know what those words mean.
(30 minutes)
  • Go over the Bodies Of Water slideshow presentation with your students.
  • Explain each slide with examples.
(50 minutes)
  • Ask your students to create a Bodies Of Water book using white paper.
  • Tell your students to use the slides to get information.
  • Tell your students that the book should be seven pages. There should be a page for each type of body of water and a title page.
  • Each page about a body of water should contain a description of the body of water as well as a 3D picture of the body of water that sticks out.
  • The pictures should be created using construction paper.
(20 minutes)
  • Ask your students to create a flow chart for each body of water.
  • Tell your students that the top rectangle should name the body of water.
  • Tell your students that there should be four rectangles connected to each top rectangle. The bottom rectangles should contain examples for each body of water.
  • Tell your students to use the slides, maps, or their textbook to find names of various rivers, oceans, bays, gulfs, inlets, and lakes.
  • Enrichment:Ask your students to create a poster about any body of water. Their poster should have the title, examples, and pictures of at least four examples along with three facts about each example.
  • Support:Get a world map. Point to the various rivers, lakes, oceans, inlets, gulfs, and bays. Show your students the area covered by each.
(20 minutes)
  • Have your students complete the Bodies of Water worksheet.
(10 minutes)
  • Go around the class and ask your students to state a fact about any body of water.

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