Title of Lesson: Where is Everybody?#135

National Standard: 9
The characteristics, distribution, and migration of human populations on Earth's surface.
State Standard: 13

Teaching Level: E

Objective/Purpose: to create awarness of human uses of school spaces

Materials:
paper, pencils, school map, town map

Procedure:Option I
1. Fold a piece of paper in half.
2. On one half draw the playground during recess.
3. On the other half, draw the playground not during recess.
Option II

1. Using a school map indicate how many people are usually in each room including office, nurse's room, etc. Decide on a time of day.
2. Analyze the numbers and create a graph or other pictorial representation of combinations of numbers.
Option III

1. Survey the school population for methods of transportation for coming to school, ie car, bus, bike, walk
2. Create a pie graph of the percentage of people in the school who come by car,bus, bike, walk
Option IV

1. Each school has its own culture. Brainstorm all the class and school events/celebrations unique to your school.
2. have students illustrate one
3. mount all together, collage fashion, to demonstrate the culture in the school
Option V

1. Together or individually, list the school personel.
2. Divide the list up and have students write brief job descriptions.(no interviews)
3. Create a large wall display, family tree style, of the school personal/job descriptions
4. Discuss the effects on the school if one of these people is absent and how his or her responsibilities are accomodated.
Option VI

1. Review the relative location of the classroom to other spaces in the building.
2. Each student then writes directions for getting from the classroom to somewhere else in the building without using people's names (can't use "go past Mr. Smith's room, "(etc.)
3. Trade directions and see if another student can follow them and reach the destination successfully.
Option VII

1. On a town map, locate the school and the location of each student's home
2. Create a graph using the classifyers: close to school, not so close, and far away
3. Students will need to reach consensus about what distances comprise each category
4. make observations and draw some conclusions
Option VIII

1. on a town map plot two different routes for getting to the same place(like library, town baseball field, ski area, etc.)
2. calculate the mileage for both routes
3. determine a safe speed and determine the time necessary to go each way. Are there stop signs, etc. that may effect the time?
Option IX

1. Secure a copy of the classroom or school rules.
2. Choose several for discussion
3. Ask students orally or in writing why they like one and why they don't like one.
4. Encourage discussion about how they might change the one they don't like.

Evaluation/Assessment:
Which activity did the students enjoy most?

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