All About Russia

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The lesson introduces students to the country of Russia, which is often featured in news stories.  Many students may have heard of the country, but are unaware of its history or characteristics.  The lesson includes a wealth of information about Russia and students should be able to locate Russia on a world map.  It is recommended teachers use the video resources to take students on a “trip” to Russia.

All About Russia Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about the All About Russia
  • 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 and pertinent lesson introduces students to Russia, a country often featured in recent news stories.  Students may have heard of the country, but are unaware of its history or characteristics.  The lesson includes a wealth of information about Russia including land features like Siberia, the Volga River and Ural Mountains, as well as cities like Moscow and St. Petersburg.  A brief history of Russia is included in the lesson, including the Bolsheviks, Lenin and the Cold War.  By the end of the lesson students will have a general overview of all aspects of the country and be able to locate Russia on a map.  It is recommended teachers use the video resources to take students on a “trip” to Russia.

Classroom Procedure:

  1. Ask students: When you hear the name of the country of Russia, what is the first things that comes to your mind? Why?  What other things do you think about when you hear the word Russia or the Soviet Union?
  2. Allow for response and discussion. Ask: Is Russia and the Soviet Union the same place?  What is the same or different about them?
  3. Allow for responses and discussion, explaining the differences during the discussion if students do not understand. Identify Russia on a world map and/or distribute copies of a map of Russia to students.  Introduce All About Russia.
  4. Distribute All About Russia content pages. Read and review the information with the students.  Use a map of Russia during the lesson to identify various cities, natural landmarks, etc.  Save the final question for the lesson closing.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  5. Distribute Activity pages. Read and review the instructions.  Pair students. Distribute colored pencils.  Allow students access to the Internet for the use of a map or distribute a map of Russia.  Remind students to use different colors of pencils.
  6. Once completed, match pairs of students to compare their maps to determine the correct locations of places. Intercede if necessary for a discrepancy.
  7. Students then answer the questions. Conduct a class discussion using students’ responses.
  8. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  9. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
  10. In closing, ask students: If you had to live in Russia, specifically where would you choose to live and why?

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