United States Geography Teacher Resources
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United States Geography
Students explore geography by researching the Internet in class. In this United States locations instructional activity, 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.
4th - 6th Visual & Performing Arts
A Tough Nut to Crack
Sixth graders explore agriculture by examining world geography. In this pecan cultivation activity, 6th graders identify the history of the famous nut and the impact it has on the U.S. economy, diet and human body. Students define vocabulary terms associated with pecans and complete math problems dealing with their production.
"Discovering the U.S.A."
Students investigate the geography of the United States using the book "Discovering the U.S.A." by Cass R. Sandak. They read a postcard from a bear and identify the city he is writing from, conduct Internet research, participate in an online scavenger hunt about Yellowstone National Park, and write a letter to Bear's mom.
3rd - 4th English Language Arts
Discover Colorado: People, Places and Times
Fourth graders discover the history and geography of Colorado by observing maps. In this United States lesson, 4th graders research the state of Colorado using their textbook and handouts. Students investigate the geography of the state and construct a 3-D map of Colorado out of clay.
4th Visual & Performing Arts
Arkansas History Lesson Plan
Students discover the history of their state by working in a group. In this U.S. history lesson, students investigate the state of Arkansas by reading their textbook and participating in art activities. Students discover the geography of their state.
K Visual & Performing Arts
Maps Can Help Us
First graders explore the geography of Montana by analyzing geographic maps of the area. In this Native American reservation lesson, 1st graders discuss the similarities and differences between reservations in the state of Montana. Students organize these differences by completing a Venn Diagram.
1st Visual & Performing Arts
Whole Group Research in North America: Lesson 10
Sixth graders explore world geography by participating in a word scramble activity. In this natural resources lesson plan, 6th graders identify the different civilizations that once inhabited the Americas and the types of plants and animals they ate.
6th Visual & Performing Arts
Landmarks of the Underground Railroad
Students explore Civil Rights by reading several books in class. In this Underground Railroad lesson, students discuss The Story of Henry Box Brown and identify the location and functionality of the Underground Railroad. Students answer study questions about the stories and trace Henry Box Brown's escape route on a map.
3rd - 6th Visual & Performing Arts
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.
K - 5th Social Studies & History
Fourth graders locate and identify geographical features and on a Kansas map. In this Kansas geography lesson plan, 4th graders generate concepts to be added to a graphic organizer web map about Kansas. Students label or outline cities, rivers, and borders on their individual map as the teacher demonstrates on a SmartBoard.
4th Social Studies & History
Play Doh Map of Your State
Students create a state map using Playdoh. In this hands-on state geography lesson, students work in groups to form a three-dimensional map of their state using Playdoh made at home following a (given) recipe. Students use four colors to represent topographical features, then label the important cities, rivers, and lakes.
2nd - 6th Visual & Performing Arts
US Geography: The Midwest
Students investigate the geography and agricultural products of the Midwestern United States. In this US geography instructional activity, students watch and discuss a video that depicts the Midwest of the US as the breadbasket of the country.
4th - 5th Social Studies & History
U.S. Geography: The Northeast
Students investigate U.S. Geography by creating a map in class. In this natural resource instructional activity, students create a map of the United States and research the Northeast based on their resources and recyclable materials. Students utilize the Internet to help identify all waterways.
K - 5th Visual & Performing Arts
Rivers... for Kids
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.
2nd - 6th Visual & Performing Arts
Making a Travel Folder
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.
4th - 5th Visual & Performing Arts