Before You Watch
Respond to the following questions:
- What are some important elements of geography and culture that young students need to understand?
- What issues do you consider when planning a lesson that integrates content and skills across curriculum areas?
- What does a teacher need to consider before asking young students to work in groups?
Watch the Video
As you watch "China Through Mapping," take notes on Ms. Norton's instructional strategies, particularly the way she integrates other curriculum areas with social studies. Write down what you find interesting, surprising, or especially important about the teaching and learning in this lesson.
Reflecting on the Video
Review your notes, then respond to the following questions:
- What struck you about the classroom climate, background, preparation, strategies, and materials used in this lesson?
- How is this class different from yours? How would you introduce elements of China's geography and culture to your students?
- What role do previous lessons and experiences play in the success of this lesson?
- What does Ms. Norton do to ensure students' success working in pairs or groups?
- What do you notice about how Ms. Norton integrates other subject areas with her social studies curriculum? Do certain subject areas lend themselves better to integration than others?
- How does Ms. Norton assess students' understanding of abstract geography and mapping concepts?
Let's take a second look at Ms. Norton's class to focus on specific teaching strategies. Use the video images below to locate where to begin viewing.