Grade 2 - Land and Water Around Us

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Video Storyline:  Earth is made up of many types of both land and water. We also find different types of landforms and natural resources. We change the land around us with our building and creating. We also use a lot of our natural resources, but have to learn to protect the ones that can run out.

Video length: 15:16 minutes.

Classroom Ideas 

Land and Water Around Us

Landforms

Identify landforms and bodies of water around your community or your state.

 

Local Waste Management

If possible, go visit your local metro waste authority to learn how they are helping preserve your town’s natural resources (if you can’t go to them, see if a representative can come to your classroom) or have students research their local waste management facility.

 

Cloze Practice

A cloze piece has full sentences used in the virtual field trip with blanks where students can write in the information that is missing. This task requires close listening to the trip in order to complete it.

Coral reefs are the _______ type of ecosystem in the world. They’ve been around for over _____ million years.

Answers:  oldest; 240

Alternatively, you could have students create 5-10 cloze statements and they could share those with the class.

A third alternative is to distribute the cloze worksheets before watching the video. Students can fill them in as they watch.

 

Conservation

Prompt students to write about how people can conserve natural resources.

 

Art and Geography

Draw a picture of your  community.

Draw a picture of the landforms in your state.

Draw a picture of the items you recycle at home.

Draw a picture of the natural resources in your community.

 

Visual Learning

Offer videos to struggling learners as another form of accessing information and creating knowledge. 

 

Explore Vocabulary

Identify key vocabulary terms while previewing each video. Prompt students to find the meaning of each word as they watch the video. Example: What do the words ecosystem and nonrenewable mean? Think about the meaning of this word as you watch the video.

 

Create Quizzes

Students create a quiz based on the information presented for their peers. This can be used as a review for a test, or jigsaw class activity where students are responsible for teaching other students assigned topics.

 

Mapping

Have students draw a map of their neighborhood and town with their home, school, library, police station, fire station, city hall, and other special places.

 

Writing Topics

Describe the community you live in. Does it have plains, hills, lakes, etc.

Write where you live, suburb, etc

What is the weather like where you live? Describe the weather.

What do the four seasons look like where you live?

What is your favorite type of weather and why?

What national resources are in or near where you live?

Why is it important to reduce, reuse and recycle?

How do you reduce, reuse and recycle at your home?

How do you reduce, reuse and recycle at school?

Repurposing

After talking about reducing, reusing, and recycling, bring in items from home (milk containers, plastic containers, newspapers, pop lids, etc. and tell students they have the class period to create something with those items provided (you can also allow them to use scissors, glue, markers, whatever you feel is appropriate for this task) and then the following day have them share with the class what they have created.

 

Classroom Ideas for ALL Videos

Here are dozens and dozens of ideas that you can use in your classroom along with our videos!

Topics Covered In This Video

The U.S. is made up of 50 states on the continent of North America

Neighbors on the continent are Canada & Mexico

Across the country are many landforms and bodies of water

The climate across the country also varies with extremes from deserts to blizzards

The landforms across the country are grouped into regions that are alike

Regions also have natural resources in common

Renewable/Nonrenewable resources

Examples & solutions

Learning Resources with this Video

Quiz (PDF)

Online Quiz (coming soon)

Videos in this Series

Grade 2 - Our Government At Work

Grade 2 - Early Americans

Grade 2 - Work and Money

Grade 2 - Living Together

Related Videos

Grade1 - The Earth Around Us

Grade 3 - The Geography of Our Communities