Teaching Students About the Size of Oahu
As a teacher, you have a unique opportunity to share knowledge and excitement about the world around us. One important topic to cover is Oahu, an island in Hawaii that has been attracting travelers and adventure seekers for years. Teaching students about the size of Oahu can be an exciting and informative lesson for students of all ages.
The first step in teaching students about the size of Oahu is to help them understand the basics of geography. Start by sharing maps of Hawaii with students and discussing the location and size of the islands. Then, focus on the size of Oahu in proportion to the other islands in the chain. For example, compared to the Big Island, Oahu is relatively small.
Next, provide students with specific data about the size of Oahu. At approximately 607 square kilometers (or 234 square miles), Oahu is far smaller than most mainland US states. You can even compare it to the size of some cities they may be familiar with. For example, Oahu is about the same size as Houston, Texas.
Once students have a sense of how big Oahu is, it’s time to explore what the island has to offer. Discuss the different regions of Oahu, such as the North Shore, the Windward side, and the urban areas of Honolulu and Waikiki. Showcase photos and videos of popular attractions and landmarks, such as Diamond Head, the USS Arizona Memorial, and Waimea Bay.
As you’re teaching students about the size of Oahu, it’s important to encourage them to think critically and engage with the material. Challenge students to consider how the size of the island affects the culture and economy of Hawaii. For example, the smaller size of Oahu means that many activities and industries are concentrated in a relatively small area, leading to traffic congestion and environmental concerns.
At the end of the lesson, consider a fun activity that reinforces what students have learned. Create a quiz or game where students have to match popular Oahu landmarks with their location on a map. You could also have students create their own travel brochure or itinerary for exploring Oahu, taking into account the size of the island and the different regions.