“I’m a great believer in geography being destiny.” Abraham Verghese
Sixth Grade Educator Kelly Horrocks from DeWitt Middle School in Ithaca, NY, was the third place winner of our inaugural Cross-Curricular Lesson Planning Contest. Our judges loved that this lesson can be successful in both science and social studies classrooms. Kelly frequently integrates cross-curricular lessons into her everyday teaching.
“I work with an ELA, science and math teacher who all see the benefit of having a theme running through all our classes that is transparent to the students,” she said. “We decide on similar languages and approaches and focus on the same these in these integrated units. It is by far the best and most effective teaching method I know.”
For this lesson, students work together in small groups to research a particular ancient civilization and its corresponding geography. They organize their research in a collaborative Google Doc. Then, each group creates and presents an infographic that reflects their understanding of the essential idea that “geography and natural resources influence societal development.”
With this lesson, Kelly introduces her students to modern skills like online collaboration and creating infographics, while reinforcing quality research abilities. Kids will dig through units like Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Ancient India, and African Kingdoms before beginning the design process.