All About the Middle East

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The lesson introduces students to the Middle Eastern region of the world.  Students may be familiar with the Middle East but may not have much knowledge of the region, the countries, people, attractions, and other information about the continent.  This is one lesson in a series of lessons related to various regions of the world, countries, and 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 Middle East region of the world.

All About the Middle East Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about the Middle East
  • 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 lesson introduces students to the Middle Eastern region of the world.  Each country in the Middle East is briefly described, including the population and capital city as well as a few interesting factions about the country.  Major attractions in the Middle East like the mountain K2 and the Sultan Ahmed Mosque are also mentioned.  This is one lesson in a series of lessons related to various regions of the world, countries, and 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 Middle East region of the world.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction:  

  1. Ask students: Where is the Middle East?  What do you know about the Middle East?  What are some of the countries found in the Middle East region of the world?
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. List some countries.  Ask:  What things have you heard in the news about the Middle East?  Would it be a place you would like to visit one day?  Why or why not?
  3. Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce All About the Middle East to the class.
  4. Distribute All About the Middle East content pages. Read and review the information with the students.  During the content reading, refer to a Middle East map identifying countries, attractions, geographic features, etc.  Save the final question for the lesson closing.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  5. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions.  Pair students.  Distribute colored pencils and drawing paper for the creation of the maps.  Encourage students to be creative and to research accurate locations of resources, cities, and other features of the country.  Allow sufficient time for completion.
  6. Once completed, the students may either share their map with another pair of students, or present them to the class, reviewing some of the features of the country.
  7. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  8. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.  Challenge students to develop a strategy to recall the M.E. countries.
  9. In closing, ask students: If you had to choose a Middle East country to live in today, which one would you choose and why? What would you like most and least about living in the Middle East region of the world?
  10. Allow for responses and discussion.

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

Additional Resources: 

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Additional information

Grade Level

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

Subject

Social Studies