United States Geography Teacher Resources

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Students explore U.S. geography by completing a coloring activity in class. In this Texas history lesson, students utilize the web to locate Texas on a map of the U.S. Students view a PowerPoint presentation which showcases the state symbols of Texas and state song.
Students explore U.S. geography by identifying a chain of islands. In this Alaskan geography lesson, students discuss the Aleutian islands, where they are located and the people who reside on them. Students complete a worksheet based on the local language of the Aleutian residents.
Fourth graders explore U.S. Geography by reading a timeline. In this Nevada history lesson, 4th graders identify the geographic location of Nevada and discuss the history. Students read the book S is for Silver: A Nevada Alphabet and create a timeline demonstrating the longevity and events that have taken place in the state.
Students investigate the physical regions of America by analyzing images. In this U.S. Geography lesson, students read poetry about America and associate the words with a specific area or region of the U.S. Students view a group of photographs and sort them by geographic region, analyzing each image for clues.
Third graders explore U.S. geography by creating a written document in class. In this travel brochure lesson, 3rd graders identify interesting locations within a specific state and discuss in which city they would prefer to live. Students utilize a map to visualize their location and create a travel brochure to share their research with the class.
Fourth graders explore U.S. geography by examining maps in class. In this Northeast United States instructional activity, 4th graders view topography related maps of the United States and identify the Appalachians, White Mountains and Atlantic coast. Students write a fictitious postcard to a friend in which they pretend they are on the East coast.
Students investigate their hometown of Arkansas.  In this U.S. Geography lesson, students identify Arkansas on a map and distinguish it form the other states.  Students investigate the history, state line, and personal experiences that make Arkansas special to them.
Young scholars practice making multimedia documentary films by investigating cities of America.  In this U.S. geography lesson plan, students examine Las Vegas and compare the state of Nevada to 15 other states and discuss their main differences.  Young scholars create multimedia projects showcasing their neighborhoods which they share with the class.
Students investigate U.S. geography by viewing images in a slide-show. In this Virginia geography lesson, students view a PowerPoint presentation with images of the different regions in the state of Virginia. Students analyze the details in the images and match the different pictures with the region of Virginia they think it's from.
Students explore U.S. geography by participating in a role-playing activity. For this Baltimore history lesson, students discuss the geography of Baltimore city and complete a worksheet which discusses the "charm" Baltimore is known for. Students write a friendly letter based upon their on-line virtual tour of Baltimore.
Students explore U.S. geography by viewing a documentary in class. In this national parks lesson, students view video clips of individual national parks and locate them using Google Earth software. Students create a persuasive presentation about a local park which should be represented nationally.
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.
Students explore the United States. In this U.S. geography and expository writing lesson, students select a place in the United States to research.  Students take notes and create a travel "folder," or brochure, using the information they gained.
Young scholars discover bodies of water in the United States by investigating the Eerie Canal.  For this U.S. Geography lesson, students discuss Lake Eerie and the canal that was built in order to transport goods.  Young scholars research the lake on the Internet and complete worksheets based on Lake Eerie facts.
Students investigate U.S. geography by exploring it's bodies of water. In this river formation lesson, students identify the reasons rivers are needed in our country by reading assigned text. Students examine a diagram which explains how rain travels a long path to become groundwater which we inevitably drink.
First graders explore U.S. geography by researching food production. In this agriculture lesson, 1st graders identify the process of crops from a seed to a plate and discuss the importance of farmers in the production of such crops. Students complete several food production worksheets and graphic organizers over the course of four days.
Here is another in the interesting series of lessons that use the special State Quarters as a learning tool. During this lesson plan, 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 plan!
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.
Students explore geography by researching the Internet in class. In this United States locations lesson, students examine maps on the Internet of the U.S. and complete several map labeling activities. Students explore topography of the United States as well as populations.
Learners read a passage (included) about America, its land, and seas. Students think about the meanings of the words contrasts, vast, grasslands, fertile, bayous, glaciers, tundra, and plateaus. They label illustrations with the correct vocabulary words and complete several other activities. They finish by writing the vocabulary word on the line next to its meaning.