Module 4-Social Studies 2A (RETIRED) - Course Guide

Module Overview:

In this module students will learn about geography and direction. Students will learn about the world using maps and they will learn about Africa.

Module Materials:

Lesson # Lesson Title Material(s)
1 What is Geography? crayons or colored pencils;
2 Using Maps to Find Direction crayons or colored pencils
globe or world map
3 The Geography of Africa crayons or colored pencils;

Module Objectives:

Lesson # Lesson Title Objective(s)
1 What is Geography?
  1. Identify the four directions on a compass rose.
  2. Model the use of the compass rose.
  3. Interpret the symbols on a map.
2 Using Maps to Find Direction
  1. Locate countries on a world map.
  2. Find boundaries between countries.
3 The Geography of Africa
  1. Locate Africa on a world map.
  2. Create a map of Africa.
  3. Explain how people are affected by the regions they live in.

Module Key Words:

Key Words
map legends
compass rose
map legend

Module Assignments:

Lesson # Lesson Title Page # Assignment Title
1 What is Geography? 1 Geography Assignment
2 Using Maps to Find Direction 2 Maps Assignment
3 The Geography of Africa 1 African Life Assignment

Learning Coach Notes:


Module Guiding Questions:

When a student starts a lesson ask them questions to check for prior knowledge and understanding and to review concepts being taught. At the end of the lesson ask the questions again to see if their answer changes.

Lesson Title Question
What is Geography?
  1. What is Geography?
  2. What information can you get from a compass rose?
  3. What are some symbols found on a map?
Using Maps to Find Direction
  1. What are the four cardinal directions?
  2. What are the four intermediate directions?
The Geography of Africa
  1. Where is Africa located on a world map?
  2. What type of climate do you think Africa has?
  3. What types of animals live in Africa?
  4. What is the land in Africa like?

Module Video Questions:

When a student watches a video take time to ask them questions about what they watched. Suggested questions for the videos in this module are listed here. Suggestion: Have the student watch the entire video first all the way through. Then have them watch the video a second time, as they watch it pause the video and ask the questions.

Lesson Title Video Question
What is Geography? Direction
  1. What is direction?
  2. What are the 4 main directions?
  3. If you stand facing North which direction is East?
  4. If you stand facing North which direction is West?
  5. If you stand facing North which direction is South?
  6. What is a compass rose?
  7. Where is North usually located on a map?
Using Maps to Find Direction Direction
  1. What can you see from outer space?
  2. How many continents are there?
  3. How many oceans?
  4. What are the largest bodies of water called?
  5. What is the equator?
  6. What are cardinal directions?
  7. What continents are east of North America?
  8. What continents are west of North America?
  9. What are intermediate directions?
  10. What is a map?
  11. What is a compass rose?
The Geography of Africa Africa
  1. What is the local African town like?
  2. What is the African forest like?
  3. What are some things you can find in a rain forest that people need?

Module Suggested Read Aloud Books:

Take time to read to your student or have them read aloud to you. Read a different book each day. While reading the book point out concepts being taught. You may purchase these books or find them at your local library. Suggested things to discuss while reading the book:

  • What is the main idea?
  • What are three things new you learned?
  • How does this book relate to what you are learning about?

# Book Author Lexile Level
1 The Compass Rose and Cardinal Directions Caitlin McAneney
2 Follow That Map!: A First Book of Mapping Skills Scot Ritchie 590L
3 We Need Directions! Sarah De Capua 480L
4 Africa Rebecca Hirsch
5 Explore Africa Bobbie Kalman IG650L

Module Outing:

Take some time to apply what your student is learning to the real world. Suggested outings are below.

# Outing
1 Take your student some place where they can see things from Africa. Either a zoo to see animals from Africa, or if possible, an African American History museum. Be sure to read and discuss the information shown at the zoo or museum.