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Social Studies - 4th Grade
Standard 1 Objective 1
3 class periods of 45 minutes each
Students will understand that the physical attributes of Utah have changed over time.
During this lesson students will use maps to investigate how the geography of Utah has changed over time.
The Utah Adventure, Chapter 1
Vocabulary: landform, plateau, basin, mountain, ancient
Other concepts: Where Utah is located on a map of the United States
Pre-assessment activity: See "Physical Utah Snowball" listed under Assessment Plan.
Students will be able to identify, locate, and compare the major landform regions of Utah as they existed at the time of Lake Bonnevile and their significance for the present day.
Prior to beginning this lesson: Using the teacher background information make a mini-presentation on Ancient Lake Bonneville, the three physical regions of Utah and how they have affected settlement patterns. This presentation can be used in parts to introduce different sections of the lesson and the maps students will create.
Invitation to learn: Snowball activity as a pre-assessment (see assessment attachment)
High ability students may desire to create their maps with no structured aid; they may also be encouraged to add addtional details and information to their maps as desired. Students with special needs may need to work with maps where the outlines of the required elements are already provided; they may also be given the opportunity to look at a complete map for reference.
Students could be asked to write a paragraph comparing the landform regions of Utah during the time of Lake Bonneville to the present day. Working in small groups, students could prepare skits presenting information about the Great Basin, The Rocky Mountains, and the Colorado Plateau.