United States Geography Teacher Resources
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Is art connected to geography? It sure is! Your class will find out how even clay that comes from a certain location can have deep symbolic meaning. The class will analyze the piece, Mud Woman Rolls On and then research how geographic location influences culture, community, and art. Individuals research their own family lines, tracing how they came to the United States. The project culminates in a map that tells the story of each pupil's life.
Young scholars explore an assigned state. In this United States geography activity, students identify facts and figures related to a particular state. Young scholars use the Internet for research and create a PowerPoint presentation displaying these facts.
Sixteen fill-in-the-blank sentences require choosing between two options to complete the statement about United States geography. While intended as a guided reading activity for an unnamed textbook, the handout remains useful as a pre- or post-assessment on this topic. There is no key.
Students explore how language shapes debate by researching the names and tags both advocates and opponents use when discussing a topical issue. For homework, they create name collages and write prose poems.
Learners examine The New York Times' coverage of immigrants' rights in order to gain an understanding of how different news angles function. They assess the angles of different news media outlets, such as television, radio, and Internet "blogs"
Students discover United States geography by completing a graph. In this agriculture lesson, students read assigned text regarding the food production of individual states in the country and their economic impact. Students complete a graph which displays the top five commodities in the U.S. and answer study questions based on agriculture.
An outstanding lesson on the Thirteen Original Colonies, and the settling of Pennsylvania by William Penn is here for your learners. Valuable discussion takes place regarding how the colonies were settled, and some excellent handouts are embedded in the plan in the form of pdf files. This is a very fine lesson!
Students describe the purposes of national parks as a part of our American heritage. They identify and describe important national park sites in a specific state. They write a journal entry or paragraph about why national parks are important.
Here is one of the best resources I've come across in quite a while. It's a series of six lesson plans produced by the US Government that have to do with the State Quarters. The titles of the six lessons are: Double Your Money!, How Much?, This Great State!, Colonial Vacation, ABC's of Statehood, and Nifty Fifty State Trivia. This 33-page packet is chock full of everything you need to introduce your class to the wonderful world of State Quarters
Students read a New York Times article about plans for oil drilling in the Arctic. They examine and debate both sides of the plan to explore for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Students determine the type of environment that would help to inspire their creativity. After reading an article, they discover the transformation of Sedan, Kansas. They create a piece of art inspired by the surrounding environment and write a reflection on why they chose the subject they did.
Learners explain the components of fire, explain how forest fires impact man and the environment, analyze data in order to recognize areas that are at risk for forest fires, make recommendations based on research.
Twelfth graders consider the dependence of the United States on foreign oil. In this global issues lesson plan, 12th graders conduct research to analyze United States dependency on foreign oil. Students use their findings to design spreadsheets and compose essays pertaining to the topic.
Students research the experiences of specific immigrant groups in the United States. Letters are written from imaginary immigrants to relatives in their countries of origin, including historically accurate details.
Students read a news article from the New York Times related to the construction of a fence between Mexico and the U.S. and its impact on the lives of the people living on both sides. They read and discuss a variety of scenarios, answer comprehension questions about the article, and participate in a class discussion.
Students brainstorm and share opinions about products that can be reused or recycled after reading the article, "Seattle's Recycling Success Is Being Measured in Scraps." They then investigate, analyze and evaluate articles on recycling to create an article for a newsletter.
Students create a personal journal where they pretend they are trying to get people back to their own time who have traveled to present day through a portal, and use geographic information from Second Life to do so. For this geography lesson plan, students explore Second Life and different regional maps of the United States.
Students explore ways in which people are constantly exposed to naturally occurring and man-made sources of radiation. They create and play a board game featuring different hypothetical scenarios of radiation exposure.
Learners conduct research on the U.S. National Parks. They conduct Internet research, analyze maps, and create and solve riddles that present specific clues pertaining to a selected national park and it's location.
Middle schoolers explore geography, climate, and adaptations by creating a country of their own. In this geography instructional activity, students work in groups to create a map of an imaginary country, they will include geography, climate, plants, and animals. Middle schoolers design a list of three plants and animals of their country and explain their characteristics and adaptations.