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Lesson Plans for Grades 9-12

This lesson was created by Brittany Lassen (Mount Pleasant Community School District) for tenth grade students. It is connected to Cultural Communication of the Lost Boys Through Barnga, a lesson plan created by Erin Coffey (Mount Pleasant Community School District) for students from tenth to twelfth grade. This lesson plan allows students to understand the conflict in Sudan.

This lesson was created by Dawn Shattuck (Northeast Iowa Community College) for students from ninth to twelfth grade. This lesson plan will allow students to gain an understanding of the importance of culture in a more creative way.

This lesson plan was created by Anthony Boggs (Seymour Community School District) for students from ninth to twelfth grade. During this lesson plan, students will understand the difference between absolute and relative location.

This lesson was created by Kathy Sundstedt (Dike-New Hartford School District) for students from seventh to tenth grade. Students will learn to compare their home climate to Indian climates.

This lesson plan was created by Erin Kruger (Mount Pleasant Community School District) for tenth grade students. In this lesson plan, students will use the five themes of geography to develop an understanding and awareness of the life and culture of ancient Greece.

This lesson was created by Jen Slagel (Mt. Pleasant Community School District) for tenth grade students. In this lesson, students will be able to describe the causes for the use of child soldiers and its effects on the children.

This lesson was created by Kimberly Thielen-Metcalf (Mason City Community School District) for students from eleventh to twelfth grade. In this lesson plan, students will answer a series of questions applying economic reasoning to the Conflict in the Congo. Students will apply the laws of supply and demand and evaluate his or her role in the conflict.

This lesson was created by Monte DeArmoun (Northwood-Kensett Community School District) for students from seventh to twelfth grade. As they complete this lesson plan, students will learn the ways of the world.

This lesson was created for students from seventh grade and up. It was designed for students to learn about difficulties in Bangladesh by using the alphabet.

This lesson was created by Brittany Lassen (Mt. Pleasant School District) for students from eleventh to twelfth grade. During this lesson plan, students will describe and undersatnd the events that led up to the Anglo-Norman (British) invasion of Ireland.

This lesson was created by Bill Schwarz (Cedar Rapids School District) for students from ninth to twelfth grade. During this lesson plan, students will be introduced to many aspects of farming and realize there are a wide variety of natural lands on which agriculture takes place in Iowa.

This lesson was created for students from ninth to twelfth grade. At the end of this lesson plan, students will have learned about the history, use, and impact of body art in different cultures.

This lesson was created by Luke Juran (University of Iowa) for students from ninth to twelfth grade. During this lesson plan, students will learn about the difficulties of being a child in India.

This lesson plan was created by Denise Liechty (Mount Pleasant Community School District) for students from tenth to twelfth grade. In this lesson plan, students will understand which words to use to describe their surroundings.

This lesson was created by Kathleen Olson (Forest City School District) for students from ninth to twelfth grade. During this lesson plan, students will understand how the role of clothing in different countries.

This lesson plan created by Dawn Shattuck (Northeast Iowa Community College) is for students from seventh to tenth grade. During this lesson plan, students will learn how currency affects life in Chile and how it compares to the United States.

This lesson was created by Kenny Shannon (Pocahontas Area Schools) for 11th grade students. It has students look at the similarities and differences between national anthems of the U.S. and U.K., analyze lyric meanings of anthems around the world, and determine which anthems represent their ideals and beliefs. This lesson plan was supported  by the Mid-Iowa School Improvement Consortium (MISIC) and a Library of Congress 'Teaching With Primary Sources' grant.

This lesson was created by Darrell Burmeister (Nodaway Valley School District) for students from ninth to twelfth grade. As a result of this lesson plan, students will understand how capitalism has spread around the world as countries try to develop their economies.

This lesson was created by Anne Hoeper (Davenport School District) for students from ninth to twelfth grade. This lesson plan allows students to be exposed to folk tales from India and compare them to ones from America.

This lesson was created by Anne Hoeper (Davenport School District) for students from seventh to tenth grade. During this lesson plan, students will understand how certain aspects of a country affects the growth of a population.

This lesson was created by Natasha Cooper (SE Warren School District) and Kathy Sundstedt (Dike-New Hartford School District) for students from ninth to twelfth grade. During this lesson plan, students will be able to compare three famous monuments.

This lesson was created by Dr. Kay Weller (University of Northern Iowa) for students from seventh to twelfth grade. During this lesson plan, students will understand how conflict and cooperation among people influence the division and control of Nigeria.

This lesson plan was created by Melinda Meyne (West High School, Waterloo CSD) for students in 11th-12th grade. In this lesson plan, students will practice research and debate skills while learning about the Separatist Movement affecting Québec and all of Canada.

This lesson was created by Patrick Davis (Decorah School District) for ninth grade students. Throughout this lesson plan, students will be able to identify and discuss the role of conflict minerals to the history of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

This lesson plan was created by Lynita Hunt (WACO Community School District) for students from ninth to twelfth grade. In this lesson, students will be able to identify and label the countries and capitals of the Hispanic world.

This lesson plan was created by Deborah Vroom (WisdomQuest Education Center - Mount Pleasant Community School District) for students from eleventh to twelfth grade. The goal of this lesson is to help students create the setting of a short story by incorporating and using the themes of geography.

This lesson was created by Julie Heller (Davenport Community School District) for tenth grade students. During this lesson plan, students will understand the physical, political, and social impact of the events that occurred during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

This lesson was created by Robin Bliesmer (Forest City School District) for students from tenth to twelfth grade. During this lesson plan, students will gain a greater understanding globally of the different cultural aspects to many Spanish speaking countries.

This lesson plan was created by Sarah Lerdal (Mid-Prairie Community School District) for students from seventh to twelfth grade. During this lesson plan, the students will gain an in-depth understanding of culture.

This lesson was created by Erin Coffey (Mt. Pleasant School District) for students from tenth to twelfth grade. Throughout this lesson plan, students will describe cultural universals, why they exist, and identify factors that account for variations.

This lesson was created by Dr. Kay Weller (University of Northern Iowa) for students from seventh to twelfth grade. This lesson plan will teach students about the characteristics and spatial distribution of desertification in Africa and specifically Nigeria.

This lesson was created by Dr. Kay Weller (University of Northern Iowa) for students from fourth grade and up. This lesson plan will teach students to understand how diversity and one's own experiences can affect decision making.

This lesson plan was created by Ileana Gonzalez (Des Moines Public Schools) for ninth grade students. During this lesson plan, students will become familiar with Chilean geography and culture.

This lesson plan was created Sarah Lerdal (Mid-Prairie Community School District) for students from seventh to twelfth grade. During this lesson plan, students will gain an understanding of what diffusion and reformulation is and how they apply to culture.

This lesson was created by Natasha Cooper (Southeast Warren School District) for students from ninth to twelfth grade. As a result of this lesson plan, students will understand the importance of resources in economic development.

This lesson was created by Mark Felderman (Chariton School District) for students from seventh to twelfth grade. During this lesson, students will be able to identify and explain the factors that cause shifts in agriculture's supply and demand.

This lesson was created by Tami McInroy (Forest City School District) for ninth grade students. This lesson allows students to understand components of monsoons and how they affect Asia, specifically India.

This lesson was created by Andy Harter (Riceville School District) for students from seventh to twelfth grade. As a result of this lesson plan, students will understand the causes and effects of erosion on the soil.

This lesson was created by Sara Mangrich (Davenport School District) for students from seventh to twelfth grade. This lesson plan allows students to learn about the different countries of Europe and Eurasia.

This lesson was created by Anthony Boggs (Seymour Community School District) for students from ninth to twelfth grade. Throughout this lesson plan, students will understand how geographic and economic factors weigh into farmers' production decisions.

This lesson was created by Dr. Kay Weller (University of Northern Iowa) for students from ninth grade and up. This lesson plan will allow students to learn how to read fiction while searching for geography content within a work.

This lesson was created by George Kuhter (South Tama Community School District) for students from sixth to twelfth grade but can be easily adapted to all ages. Throughout the lesson plan, students will reinforce their knowledge of the five themes of geography by using examples found in India.

This lesson plan was created by Sue Milligan (West High School, Waterloo CSD) for students in the 11th grade. In this lesson plan, students will map the trip Huck and Jim take on the Mississipi River in the novel, Huckleberry Finn, on Google Earth and mark key plot points with pictures, geographic facts, and questions about the characters' actions.

This lesson was created by Luke Juran (University of Iowa) for students from tenth to twelfth grade. During this lesson plan, students will understand the diversity apparent in Indian states by observing India's economic resources.

This lesson was created by Lane Gunderson (Harris-Lake Park School District) for students from ninth to twelfth grade. As a result of this lesson plan, students will integrate geography skills and concepts into a P.E. activity.

This lesson was created by Dr. Kay Weller (University of Northern Iowa) for students from ninth to twelfth grade. During this lesson plan, students will understand how people in history portrayed a message.

This lesson plan was created by Trent Lamphier (Moline High School, Moline, IL) for students in 9th-12th grade. In this lesson plan, students will learn what genocides are and how/why/where they occur via a group research project/presentation. 

This lesson was created by Tyler Balow (Decorah School District) for tenth grade students. This lesson plan allows students to apply the "8 Stages of Genocide" to historical events and explain how propaganda can help political groups achieve their goals.

This lesson was created by Benjamin VanVleet (Des Moines Public Schools) for students from ninth to twelfth grade. During this lesson plan, students will use GPS devices to gather, evaluate, and use information.

This lesson was created by Mona Yanacheak for students from ninth to tenth grade. Throughout this lesson plan, students will understand and be able to demonstrate population density and their impact on the geography of the region.

This lesson was createdby Mark Felderman (Chariton School District) for students from seventh to twelfth grade. Throughout this lesson plan, students will use the creativity of photography to show understanding of the five themes of geography.

This lesson plan was created by Andrea Aykens (Cedar Falls School District) for tenth grade students. During this lesson plan, students will understand the origins of the current conflict in Syria and the human rights abuses that can occur under an autocratic form of government.

This lesson was created by Kenny Shannon (Pocahontas Area Schools) for students from ninth to twelfth grade. During this lesson plan, students will learn how geography impacted the outcome of the Battle of Gettysburg. this lesson plan was supported  by the Mid-Iowa School Improvement Consortium (MISIC) and a Library of Congress 'Teaching With Primary Sources' grant.

This lesson was created by Anne Hoeper (Davenport School District), Natasha Cooper (Southeast Warren School District), and Kathy Sundstedt (Dike-New Hartford School District) for students from seventh to tenth grade. During this lesson plan, students will become aware of similarities and differences in the lives of teens living in the United States and Nigeria.

This lesson was created by Kathy Sunstedt (Dike-New Hartford School District) for students from fifth to twelfth grade. This lesson plan allows students to utilize and understand its connection with culture.

This lesson was created by Anthony Boggs (Seymour Community School District) for students from ninth to twelfth grade. In this lesson plan, students will be able to describe modern farming techniques with those of antiquity and understand the chain of events connecting them.

This lesson was created by Steve Knoche (Davenport Community School District) for students from ninth to twelfth grade. As a result of this lesson plan, students will understand the rate of HIV/AIDS in the continent of Africa and compare that to other parts of the world.

This lesson plan was created by Jenni Levora (Pleasant Valley High School) for students in 11th-12th grade. In this lesson plan, students will learn about the factors that led to the Rwandan genocide, what events took place during the genocide, how the international community responded, and what has happened since in Rwanda. 

This lesson plan was created by Casey Conover (Riverside CSD) for students in 9th grade. In this lesson plan, students will learn about the process of desertification, discover how it is affecting Africa, and research possible solutions. 

This lesson was created by Brittany Lassen (Mount Pleasant Community School District) for students from tenth to twelfth grade. Throughout this lesson plan, students will gain an understanding of why there is so much conflict in the Middle East and how the U.S. is involved in that conflict.

This lesson was created for students from seventh to tenth grade and was designed for students to become familiar with currencies of different countries.

This lesson was created by Natasha Cooper (Southeast Warren School District) for students from ninth to twelfth grade. Throughout this lesson plan, students will learn about accomplishments from around the world.

This lesson plan was created by Erin Hogan (East High School, Waterloo CSD) for students in 10th-12th grade. In this lesson plan, students will research the flu and why people do not get annually vaccinated, the history behind the H1N1 and swine flu outbreaks of 2009 and the Spanish Flu outbreak of 1918, and map the spread of the flu. 

This lesson was created by Tamara Tyrrell (Mount Pleasant Community School District) for ESL students from ninth to twelfth grade. During this lesson plan, students will understand longitude and latitude by introducing themselves and their native country using the English language correctly while building a community of learners.

This lesson plan was created by Hank Easterling (St. Albert High School) for students in the 10th grade. In this lesson plan, students will use Google Earth, maps, and information on population and physiological density to develop a general understanding of the basic geography of Egypt. 

This lesson was created by Dawn Brown (Geographic Alliance of Iowa) for students from fifth to twelfth grade. This lesson plan allows students to identify firsthand traditional Bangladeshi male attire.

This lesson was created by Cathy Kruse and Elaine Schultz (Forest City School District) for ninth grade students. As a result of this lesson plan, students will use their gained knowledge of line and bar graphs to compare Forest City temperature and precipitation graphs to Iowa's graphs.

This lesson was created by Tami Huegel (Forest City School District) for students from sixth to twelfth grade. During this lesson plan, students will learn the different types of maps, how to create them, and how to use them to think critically about the population problem in India.

This lesson plan was created by Kimn Hassenfritz (Mount Pleasant Community School District) for tenth grade students. Throughout this lesson, students will be able to understand the existence and plight of child soldiers worldwide.

This lesson plan was created by Kimn Hassenfritz (Mount Pleasant Community School District) for tenth grade students. Throughout the lesson, students will be able to understand the existence and plight of child soldiers everywhere.

This lesson was created by Travis Sprague (Harris-Lake Park School District) for ninth grade students. As a result of this lesson plan, students will identify and describe important geographic features of the school district's property using GPS devices.

This lesson was created for students from seventh to twelfth grade and was designed for students to learn about migration and the reasons why it occurs.

This lesson was created by Amy Morgan (Harmony High School) for students from fifth to twelfth grade but can be easily adapted to grades 1-4. As they complete this lesson plan, students will make a personal connection to the five themes of geography.

This lesson plan was created by David Sundstedt (Don Bosco High School) for students in 9th grade. In this lesson plan, students will spend half a year learning about places on Earth, calculating photoperiods, and analyzing data using the website, Mystery Class.

This lesson was created by Jane Watson (Starmont Schools) for students from fourth to twelfth grade. During this lesson plan, students will learn about Bangladesh lifestyles.

This lesson was created by George Kuhter (South Tama Community School District) for students from seventh to tenth grade. During this lesson plan, students will learn how to identify a region and its characteristics.

This lesson was created by Dr. Kay Weller (University of Northern Iowa) for students from seventh to tenth grade. Throughout this lesson plan, students will learn to generate mental maps and analyze them.

This lesson was created by Aaron Shields for students from seventh to tenth grade. During this lesson plan, students will compare the ability to purchase a car in Nigeria compared to in the United States.

This lesson was created by Natasha Cooper (Southeast Warren School District) for students from seventh to tenth grade. As a result of this lesson plan, students will gain perspective about women's lifestyle in Nigeria by participating in a simulation.

This lesson was created by Anne Hoeper (Davenport School District) for students from seventh to twelfth grade. By completing this lesson plan, students will learn about culture through photographs.

This lesson was created by Anne Hoeper (Davenport School District) for students from seventh to twelfth grade. During this lesson plan, students will identify components of population and how geography and resources affects where populations exist.

This lesson was created by Jon Bliesmer (Forest City School District) for students from ninth to twelfth grade. During this lesson plan, students will receive a greater understanding of how locations and regions can influence population numbers within the United States.

This lesson was created by Anne Hoeper (Davenport School District) for students from seventh to tenth grade. Through this lesson plan, students will become aware of population growth in India compared to the United States.

This lesson was created by Dr. Kay Weller (University of Northern Iowa) for students from seventh to twelfth grade. During this lesson plan, students will learn how population is effected by natural resources and how it affects those natural resources.

This lesson was created by Dawn Shattuck (Northeast Iowa Community College) and Kathy Sundstedt (Dike-New Hartford School District) for students from seventh to twelfth grade. During this lesson plan, students will use map-reading skills to learn about geographic aspects of Chile.

This lesson was created by Kathy Sundstedt (Dike-New Hartford School District) and Dawn Brown (Geographic Alliance of Iowa) for students from seventh to twelfth grade. During this lesson plan, students will use their map-reading skills to learn about the geographic characteristics of Bangladesh.

This lesson was created by Dan Flaherty and Bill Josund for students from eleventh to twelfth grade. In this lesson plan, students will demonstrate mastery of the U.S. Congressional redistricting process and will create a sample of redistricted map of a given state.

This lesson was created for students from seventh to twelfth grade. During this lesson plan, students will use the five themes of geography to understand the characteristics of the four regions of Chile.

This lesson was created by Tami McInroy (Forest City School District) for students from seventh to twelfth grade. Throughout this lesson plan, students will learn how to ride the metro and get from place to place.

This lesson was created by Kelly Coleman (Johnston School District) for eleventh grade students. Throughout this lesson plan, students research rivers in the United States to understand their historical importance and their relationship with where people settle.

This lesson was created by Tim Sheeley (Mount Pleasant Community School District) for students from eleventh and twelfth grade. In this lesson plan, students will understand human impact on water ecosystems.

This lesson was created by Erin Coffey and Bev Alderson (Mount Pleasant Community School District) for students from seventh and twelfth grade. During this lesson plan, students will be able to visually compare Iowa's rate of STI's and STD's with the rest of the United States.

This lesson was created by Jennifer Slagel (Mt. Pleasant Community School District) for tenth grade students. In this lesson plan, students will be able to describe the advantages and disadvantages to using sweatshops for producing clothing, shoes, etc. This will make them more aware of where they buy their clothing and what effect it has on the people who make it.

This lesson was created by Dave DenHartog for students from ninth to twelfth grade. Throughout this lesson plan, students will research about sieges and understand how world history repeats itself.

This lesson was created by Sarah Lerdal (Mid-Prairie School District) for students from ninth to twelfth grade. As a result of this lesson plan, students will be able to think critically about current realities in Chile, regarding why the situation may exist, and how it compares to the United States.

This lesson was created by Linda Litterer and Sarah Dorpinghaus for students from tenth to twelfth grade. By completing this lesson plan, students will gain an understanding of how natural phenomena affect the Bangladeshi population, women in particular.

This lesson was created by Kim Daughetee (Dubuque Community School District) for students from seventh to twelfth grade. Throughout the lesson plan, students will apply the concepts of the five themes of geography to an activity designed to donate rice to an area in the world to help feed the hungry.

This lesson was created by Kimn Hassenfritz and Jennifer Slagel (Mount Pleasant Community School District) for ninth grade students. Throughout this lesson plan, students will be able to understand how humans have changed the physical landscape over time and be able to apply historical events to the pictures.

This lesson was created by Rachel Hansen (Muscatine School District) for students from ninth to twelfth grade. This lesson plan allows students to apply their knowledge of the five themes of geography to an authentic project involving the 5K Color Run and to use Google Earth to demonstrate their geography skills.

This lesson was created by Rachel Hansen (Muscatine School District) for students from ninth to twelfth grade. As a result of this lesson plan, students will be able to define location as a theme of geography and apply it to a city in the world.

This lesson was created by Rachel Hansen (Fort Dodge School District) for ninth grade students. During this lesson plan, students can use Google Maps or Google Earth to examine the physical features of Rwanda, apply knowledge of the Demographic Transition Model to Rwanda, and evaluate the role culture plays in conflict.

This lesson plan was created by Mark Matheis (Kimberly Center- Davenport CSD) for students in 9th-10th grade. By completing this lesson plan, students will gain an understanding of the global problem of semi-permanent refugees and get a geographical concept of their numbers and where they are located. 

This lesson was created by Anne Hoeper (Davenport School District) and Dan Walsh for students from ninth to twelfth grade. This lesson plan allows students to become aware of the building materials used in Nigeria and understand why they are used.

This lesson was created by Gloria Schmitz (Mount Pleasant Community School District) for students from seventh to twelfth grade. As a result of the lesson plan, students will understand the location theme of geography.

This lesson was created by Natasha Cooper (Southeast Warren School District) for students from seventh to tenth grade. As a result of this lesson plan, students will understand the history and importance of tin mining on the Jos Plateau.

This lesson was created for students from seventh to twelfth grade. As a result of this lesson plan, students will understand how people adapt to where they live and what resources are available to them.

This lesson was created by Chris Joslin (Des Moines Schools) for students from ninth to twelfth grade. Throughout this lesson plan, students will gain knowledge about Nigerian transportation systems, its problems, and compare it to the United States.

This lesson was created by Dan Walsh (Cedar Rapids School District) for students from seventh to tenth grade. During this lesson plan, students will understand some of the frustrations and problems of traffic in Nigeria.

This lesson was created by Tyler Balow (Decorah School District) for students from ninth to twelfth grade. As a result of this lesson plan, students will understand how the transcontinental railroad began and its construction.

This lesson plan was created by Rodney Wallace (East High School, Waterloo CSD) for students in 9-10 grade. In this lesson plan, students will learn how to use GPS to locate trees in order to identify and understand their photosynthic cycle. 

This lesson plan was created by Traci Lake (Cedar Falls School District) for students from eleventh to twelfth grade students. Students will learn about the cause and effects of the conflict in the former Yugoslavia in this lesson plan.

This lesson was created by Kathy Sundstedt (Dike-New Hartford School District) for students from seventh to tenth grade. As a result of this lesson plan, students will compare Yoruba and United States values through proverbs.

This lesson was created by Tim Curnutte (Chariton School District) for eleventh grade students. This lesson plan allows students to understand Carnegie Steel and its movement of natural resources in the late 1800s.

This lesson was created by Sarah Lerdal (Mid-Prairie School District) for students from seventh to twelfth grade. This lesson plan will allow students to understand how to use statistical information.

This lesson plan was created by Traci Lake (Cedar Falls High School) for students in 9-12 grade. In this lesson plan, students will determine criteria used to choose travel locations and use Google Earth to determine a travel itinerary, route of transport, and virtual tour. 

This lesson was created for students from ninth to twelfth grade and was designed for students to learn what goes into traveling abroad.

This lesson was created by Dawn Shattuck (Northeast Iowa Community College) for students from ninth to twelfth grade. During this lesson plan, students will become familiar with the requirements of traveling abroad, specifically to Chile.

This lesson was created by Elizabeth Dexter (University of Northern Iowa) for students from tenth to twelfth grade. During this lesson plan, the students will be able to identify natural phenomena of Iowa.

This lesson plan was created by Jesse Dowell (Johnston Community School District) for tenth grade students. In this lesson plan, students will investigate the context and dynamics that have led to genocide, and may in the future.

This lesson was created by Jesse Dowell (Johnston School District) for tenth grade students. In this lesson plan, students identify and investigate the cultural, economic, and political factors that contribute to a nation's health and well-being.

This lesson was created by Jennifer Krieger-Coen for English Language Learning students from eighth to ninth grade. In this lesson plan, students will be able to identify the exports of their native country and why the U.S. needs/wants these imports.

This lesson plan was created by Barry Eberhard (Wapsie Valley Jr./Sr. High School) for students in the 9th grade. By completing this lesson plan, students will be able to better understand the movement of goods, espeically their own clothing, in the global market. 

This lesson was created by Brittany Lassen (Mt. Pleasant Community School District) for tenth grade students. During this lesson plan, students will understand the importance of globaliation by seeing how much of our everyday items come from other countries. They will further be able to understand the huge quantities that come from other countries and will work on analyzing how this affects the U.S.'s balance of trade.

This lesson plan was created by Brittany Lassen (Mount Pleasant Community High School) for students in 10th grade. By completing this lesson plan, students will be able to determine the level of development of a country based on its economic, social, and health characteristics. 

This lesson was created by Erin Nennig (Des Moines Schools) for students from eighth to twelfth grade. This lesson plan allows students to understand immigration.

This lesson was created by Matt Hoodjer for students from ninth to tenth grade. During this lesson plan, students will simulate the differences in population density among the continents as well as the distribution of the world's supply.