United States Geography Teacher Resources
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What Constitutes a State?
Students examine the differences between various state constitutions in the United States. Then, using their own
Mapping West Virginia
Fourth graders explore West Virginia. In this Unites States geography lesson, 4th graders discuss the type of land and the cities in West Virginia. Students create two overlays, with transparencies, that show the natural land and the cities and towns. Students have small group discussions. Excellent black line masters are embedded in this lesson.
Nine Lives, One Habitat
Learners explore reintroduction of endangered species into new habitats. They research and promote possible sites for reintroducing populations of Florida panthers outside of their current habitat in the Big Cypress Swamp region of southwest Florida.
Looking Back to Move Forward
Students investigate, through interviews, personal reflection and research, the impact on the past, present and future of 20th century historic events in the United States.
State Sights to See
Students research sights to visit in the United States. They discuss the 50 State Quarters Program and locate states on a classroom map. They select a state and research in the library. They create a group presentation and present to the class. They complete a 3-2-1 summary of each group and
Defining the Public Interest – Education vs. Commercialism in the Social Role of Television
Learners identify commercialism from media and compare and contrast the benefits and disadvantages of television. In this technology and society lesson, students view and discuss a film on the effects of television in Bhutan. Learners analyze commercialismon tv and report back to class. Students design a broadcasting plan that demonstrates application of educational and commercial purposes of television.
The Fifty States
Have your class engage in a variety of activities to learn about the fifty states and their capitals. This motivating lesson has learners play games, complete word searches, and answer quizzes to review their knowledge of the states and capitals. By the end of this lesson, learners should have a better understanding of United States geography.
Exploring our National Parks
Students utilize maps/Atlases to find key spatial information, locate U.S. National Parks, characterize the geography of a specific region, and create a National Park brochure.
Thirteen Original Colonies
Students use maps, the Internet, graphic organizers and discussion to explore the history of the Middle American Colonies. They consider how the colonies were founded and the ideas of religious freedom and self-government they embodied.
Lake Tahoe Then and Now
Students investigate the differences in Lake Tahoe from the past to the present. In this geography lesson, students read the book Washoe Seasons of Life and identify the descriptions of the land and lake. Students create a Venn diagram to compare and contrast Lake Tahoe then and now.
Has the Wall Truly Tumbled Down?
Students examine the events behind the destruction of the Berlin Wall and the continued struggles to truly unify the former East Germany and West Germany.
Personal Stories of the National Parks
Students explore historical information about U.S. national parks using the stories of Edward and Margaret Gehrke as a primary source document. In this United States geography, history, and literacy lesson, students view the diary entries of Edward and Margaret Gehrke written as they traveled through the national parks in the early 1900s. Students discuss the effectiveness of these diary entries as a storytelling tool, then plan and create their own multimedia storytelling project.
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!
Students use information from the U.S. Bureau of the Census to create a bar graph, a picture graph, or a circle graph showing the country of origin of U.S. Hispanics.
Life Along the Trail
Students explore the significance of the Louisiana Purchase and the journey of Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery. They read to explain a new topic and write to inform readers of the historic events they explored.
If you are looking for a way to explore Michigan's resources, physical features, and more, this lesson is for you. After discussing Michigan and the Great Lakes, learners fill out a graphic organizer identifying the state's natural resources and industry. Included in this packet is an information sheet about the state and cards with regional information.
Take It Or Leave It
Third graders examine the significance of the Louisiana Purchase and the journey of Lewis and Clark, and discuss "needs" versus "wants". They listen to a story, plan for a journey like Lewis and Clark, create a list of supplies, and complete a worksheet.
Nifty Fifty State Trivia
A wonderful game on U.S. States Trivia awaits your class. In this geography lesson plan, they will play a Jeopardy-style game. All the worksheets with the questions and answers are embedded in this beautifully-designed plan. Your class should learn a lot about the states from studying for, and playing this fun game.
Oregon Trail Journal
Fifth graders participate in Oregon Trail simulation to travel along Oregon Trail and reflect on their journey, use built-in diary to record and expand on their experiences along Trail, and create map depicting their route, rivers, towns, forts, landmarks, and various problems encountered.
Twain: Steamboat's a-Comin'
Students discover how rivers inspire creative expression. In this Mark Twain lesson, students list songs about rivers and discuss common characteristics. They locate the Mississippi River on a map and write a script in which a steamboat visits the town. Students read Life on the Mississippi and discuss discuss the writing style of Mark Twain.
Twain: Tom Sawyer—Mythic Adventurer
Students take a closer look at archetypes. In this characterization instructional activity, students examine the setting and the characters of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer as they read and analyze the novel. Students consider how Twain mythically represented Tom's character as they collaborate to research Hannibal, MO during the 19th century in order to create one-act plays based on the research.