ANTICIPATION GUIDE: LESSON PLAN FORMAT
Name(s) of pre-service teacher(s): Matt Brewer, Bruce Wilson, Mike Ferlin
Name of Lesson: Learning Kit 1 States and Geography Grade Level: 4th
PA State Standard/s:
Subject : Geography
Area 7.1: Basic Geographic Literacy
Grade 7.1.3: Grade 3
Standard B.: Identify and locate places and regions.
Continents and oceans
Major landforms, rivers and lakes in North America
Countries (i. e., United States, Mexico, Canada)
States (i. e., Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New
York, Ohio, West Virginia)
Cities (i. e., Philadelphia, Erie, Altoona, Pittsburgh, Scranton,
Harrisburg, Johnstown, Allentown, Washington D. C., Baltimore, New
York, Toronto, Cleveland
•Regions as areas with unifying geographic characteristics
Physical regions (e. g., landform regions, climate regions, river basins)
Human regions (e. g., neighborhoods, cities, states, countries)
Area 7.3: The Human Characteristics of Places and Regions
Grade 7.3.3: Grade 3
Standard E.: Identify the human characteristics of places and regions by
their political activities.
•Type of political units (e. g., townships, boroughs, counties, states,
country [nation state])
•Political units in the local area
Objectives: (effective lessons will have more than one objective)
The students will be able to identify, position, and name the fifty states and properly
orient them on a map of the United States.
The students will be familiar with the song, Fifty Nifty United States.
Smart boards, Computer, Internet
Fifty Nifty United States song.
“Don’t Know Much About the 50 States” by Kenneth C. Davis
Engage Student Interest:
Students will be introduced to the song, Fifty Nifty United States, and sing along with the
Before Anticipation Guide After Reading
How many stripes did the
first American flag have?
What state is the Flickertail
Which was the first state to
Which was last state to enter
What is Florida’s nickname?
“Get Ready for Reading”
Tell students that you would like to find out what they already know about a topic.
Give students as a handout – “Get Ready to Read Guide”
Have students decide whether statements are true or false and why
Share conclusions with class
Read the social studies text or trade book
Use the table of contents to locate the section for where the answer will be found.
Revisit statements and change true or false as needed.
Hold a discussion: about the content
Ask students what new information they gained from their reading and the discussion.