All About Europe

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The lesson introduces students to the massive continent of Europe.  Students are familiar with the seven continents but may not have much knowledge of each continent, the countries, people, attractions, and other information about the continent.  This is one lesson in a series of lessons related to each of the seven continents, when students can “travel” around the world learning about other cultures and peoples.  It is recommended students view one or more videos to enhance their “trips” to the continent.

All About Europe Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages All About Europe
  • Hands-on homework activities
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 3-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

The informative lesson introduces students to the massive continent of Europe.  The lesson begins with general information about the size and population of various countries in Europe, noting that a part of Russia is in Europe as well as in Asia.  Six European countries, the UK, Spain, Sweden, Italy, Vatican City, and Germany are listed with their capitals and flags. European attractions such as the Eiffel Tower and Colosseum are also mentioned with illustrations.  The teacher should feel free to add information about other European countries as per preference. This is one lesson in a series of lessons related to each of the seven continents, when students can “travel” around the world learning about other cultures and peoples. It is recommended students view one or more videos to enhance their “trips” to the continent.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction:  

  1. Ask students: Where do you think most immigrants to the United States came from between 1880 and 1920?  Once students guess Europe, ask students to name some of the countries in Europe.  Further ask, what countries do they here about most often in the news.
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. Ask students if they believe Europe is more alike or different than North America and why.
  3. Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce All About Europe.
  4. Distribute All About Europe content pages. Read and review the information with the students.  Use the map of Europe during the discussion of the content, identifying the city, country, and landmark locations.  Save the final questions for the lesson closing.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  5. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions.  Show additional examples if necessary.  Pair students.  There are many numbers students may choose from, encourage them to use a variety of units, not all miles, or feet, etc.  They may also use years shown in the content pages.  Students may be permitted to draw images and use from a word processing program.  Allow sufficient time for completion.
  6. Once completed, students may share the posters and the information with another set of students and/or the entire class.
  7. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  8. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
  9. In closing, ask students: What country in Europe are you most familiar with and why? What country would you like to visit and why?  Tell about someone you know who may have been from Europe.
  10. Allow for responses and discussion of each question.

Common Core State Standards:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3, 7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3, 7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3, 7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.3, 7

Class Sessions (45 minutes): at least 2 class sessions

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Additional information

Grade Level

3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Social Studies