United States Geography Teacher Resources
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U.S. Geography Review
Students explore U.S. geography by planning a trip with classmates. In this mapping instructional activity, students examine a U.S. map and identify the different destinations they wish to visit, specifically sports arenas. Students utilize a calculator to identify the mileage and time it will take before writing trip directions.
U.S. Geography: The West
Students explore the national parks of the American West. In this geography skills lesson, students watch "U.S. Geography: The West," and examine print and Internet sources about the national parks found there. Students feature their findings in travel brochures that they create.
Basic U.S. Geography
Provide your 11th graders with a basic understanding of U.S. Geography. They label the state, regions, and boundaries found in the contiguous U.S. as well as Hawaii and Alaska. Then, they complete two Internet related activities.
U.S. Geography: The Northeast
Learners investigate U.S. Geography by creating a map in class. In this natural resource lesson, students create a map of the United States and research the Northeast based on their resources and recyclable materials. Learners utilize the Internet to help identify all waterways.
U.S. Geography: The Midwest
Young scholars research agricultural products of the Midwest. In this Midwest lesson, students watch a video about the geography of the Midwest, discuss how topographical features were formed and review the agricultural products the Midwest is known for. Working in groups young scholars make a billboard advertising an agricultural product found in the Midwest, and present it to the rest of the class.
U.S. Geography: The South
Young geographers complete a research project. They list the physical features found in the American South. They then discuss the economy, culture, and geography found in the South. They work in groups to research one of the five physical features, prepare an oral presentation, and present their information to the class. Ask guiding questions to encourage listeners to assimilate what they heard and derive supporting evidence and reasons for speakers' claims.
Follow the Light
Here is another in the interesting series of lessons that use the special State Quarters as a learning tool. During this lesson, pupils learn about lighthouses, maps, the cardinal directions on a compass, and U.S. geography. There are many excellent worksheets embedded in the plan. A fine lesson!
Defining moments from the past with lessons for a post-9/11 world...
Students examine extension ideas concerning 9/11, Defining Moments. They analyze a variety of Supreme Court cases, the U.S. Constitution, Mass Media Interpretations, Racism, Immigrant groups and U.S. geography. Many questions are asked after each section for the students to answer and discuss.
Lesson Plan on U.S. States: Alabama
Young scholars explore U.S. geography by reading assigned text in class. In this Alabama state lesson, students identify the location of Alabama as well as the state bird, animal and flower. Young scholars research the Civil Rights era in relation to Alabama as well.
My Summer Vacation
Students study the United States geography using Google Earth. In this U.S. geography lesson, students create travel journals about five U.S. geographical locations. Students research the human and physical characteristics for each region.
Facts, Fictions and Perceptions of Regions
Students examine the different characteristics of the regions of the United States. They discuss places they have visited in the U.S., and in small groups conduct research on a selected region of the U.S. Each group labels a map of their region with the physical features, towns, and states.
Start with a Chart
Students use a given chart and the 50 state quarters to synthesize information about the 50 states and the dates that they were admitted into the union. Students complete a math worksheet while referring to the chart.
United States Geography: Crossword Puzzle
In this geography activity, students use the 14 clues in order to fill in the crossword puzzle with the appropriate United States geography answers.
U.S. Geography- The Northeast
Students investigate the geography of the Northeast states. In this map skills lesson, students are shown a map of the Northeast states and identify the state names and borders. Students construct individual maps of the Northeast using crayons and construction paper.
United States Geography Baseball
Students study geography facts. In this geography instructional activity, students are given a geography question to answer based on difficulty level. For example, a "single" point question is worth one base, a "double" point question, is worth two bases, etc. Students lose one point if they get the geography question wrong.
Explore Your State With Maps
Students create maps of their own state using information from the National Geographic "MapMachine" website. They draw and label features on a blank map of their state, discuss the geographic features of their state, and create a state map from memory.
Rockin' Round New York State
Students discuss their favorite rock groups and bands. They create rock groups that will be touring New York State. Students research cities in New York, determine dates of concerts, create touring itineraries, and develop Inspiration webs of different cities.
Enticing Travel Brochure
Elementary schoolers examine Albert Bierstadt's Wind River Country, and examine the manner in which he created his paintings. The terrific plan has an outstanding version of the painting embedded in it for viewing. Learners look at how he used scale, depth, light and dark, composition, and details in the famous work. As a final project, pupils create an enticing travel brochure that includes photos, sketches, paintings, and/or other representations that depict a natural area near their town.
Students master information about state geography. They participate on teams and quiz each other on geography.
Students discover facts about Alabama. For this Alabama lesson, students gain information about Alabama's state bird, state flower and state animal. Students study the history of how Alabama became a state.