A Lost City
6th Grade Oral Language Resources
Students will:• Learn about lost cities.
• Access prior knowledge and build background about lost cities and how cities become lost cities.
• Explore and apply the concept of the characteristics of lost cities and how they are studied.
Students will:• Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of lost cities.
• Orally use words that describe the parts of lost cities and things associated with exploring and studying them.
• Extend oral vocabulary by speaking about how our modern cities compare with lost cities.
• Use key concept words [explore, discover, jungle, archaeology, ancient, modern, culture].
Explain• Use the slideshow to review the key concept words.
• Explain that students are going to learn about lost cities:
• How a city becomes a lost city.
• What kinds of things are found in lost cities.
• The difference between lost cities and modern cities.
• How lost cities are explored and studied.
Model• After the host introduces the slideshow, point to the photo on screen. Ask students: What is a lost city? (a city that was abandoned long ago, often located in a remote location and having a mysterious history).
• Ask students: What are some characteristics of lost cities? (ruins, artifacts, etc.). How are lost cities explored or studied? (explorers make expeditions into unknown areas, archaeologists study people of the past).
• Say: Since we don't always have ruins or artifacts, sometimes information is lost or not known until explorers or archaeologists discover it. Would you like to be an archaeologist? Why or why not? (answers will vary).
Guided Practice• Guide students through the next four slides showing them things found in different cities. Always have the students identify whether or not these things belong to a modern city or a lost city and explain why.
Apply• Play the games that follow. Have them discuss with their partner the different topics that appear during the Talk About It feature.
• After the first game, ask students what personal interest they have in exploring or studying lost cities. After the second game, encourage them to share stories they have heard about lost cities, fictional or non• fictional.
Close• Ask students: Do you think there are other lost cities that still haven't been discovered?
• Summarize for students that because of a lack of artifacts, sometimes information is lost. However, thanks to explorers and archaeologists, things aren't lost forever. Encourage them to make up a story about exploring a lost city in a faraway land with their friends.