United States Geography Teacher Resources
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What State Are You In?
Students identify the major U.S. cities. In this U.S. geography lesson, students work in pairs and use game cards to name various cities in the United States.
Let Me Tell You About My State
Fifth graders research one of the 50 U.S. States that they were unfamiliar with. For this U.S. Geography lesson, 5th graders utilize encyclopedias as well as the Internet to research a chosen U.S. State in order to write a report. Students peer edit each other's rough drafts before the report is published.
US Geography: The Midwest
Students investigate the geography and agricultural products of the Midwestern United States. In this US geography lesson, students watch and discuss a video that depicts the Midwest of the US as the breadbasket of the country. They make billboards which advertise an agricultural product that would be associated with this part of the country.
The Role of Maps In the Colonization of North America
Students investigate the geography of North America by viewing and identifying places on a map. In this U.S. Geography lesson, students view a PowerPoint slide show discussing the immigration to the U.S.A. Students define several vocabulary terms associated with the immigration to North America.
Where is Kansas?
Students explore U.S. Geography by analyzing a map. In this state vs. country instructional activity, students utilize a U.S. map and locate the state of Kansas before researching the history and customs of the state. Students collaborate as a class to celebrate the birthday of Kansas and complete several state worksheets.
50 States Research Project
Learners research a state. They present research to class in a creative manner.
Students explore what tornados are, how they are created and measured, and what their effects are on communities. They keep a journal of their activities and explorations as part of an ongoing process of learning.
The Seven NATURAL Wonders of the United States
Students examine natural resources and landforms of the United States. For this natural wonders lesson, students reading a textbook chapter students design a scrapbook, illustrating the natural wonders. Students build models and write about the wonders to share with their classmates.
The Geography of the United States
Full of bright maps and interesting information, this presentation details U.S. Geography. Slides include basic facts about size, regions, topography, and demographics, as well as fascinating trivia about the United States, including rates of birth, death, and racial changes throughout the country (1990-2000). Teachers might find the information a little date (roughly 2000), but students could work on gathering new, updated information as a project.
Dark Days on the Prairie
Students explore U.S. geography by researching agriculture. In this dust bowl lesson, students complete a cause and effect worksheet based upon the dust bowls that covered a large portion of Oklahoma and Texas in the early 1900's. Students conduct a small experiment using soil, aluminum pans and water in class.
Life on the Trails
Fourth graders explore U.S. Geography by completing a worksheet. In this west coast geography lesson plan, 4th graders discuss the Santa Fe and Oregon-California trails and the people who traveled them in the 1800's. Students define vocabulary terms based upon the geography and complete worksheets about costs and benefits.
People Behind the Parks
Explore U.S. geography with your class by viewing a documentary. Show a portion of the Ken Burns documentary "The National Parks," and identify the individuals responsible for keeping the parks in order. Elementary and middle schoolers create a presentation discussing the history of the parks and their representation of the American people.
Images of the Parks
Students explore U.S. geography by completing a research project about the National Parks. For this scenery image analysis lesson, students identify the different national parks in our country and observe paintings and images by famous artists. Students research the painters and create a poster presentation of their assigned painter.
Scale of Miles
In this scale of miles worksheet, students identify and complete 2 different charts that include reading a map scale to determine various distances. First, they use the scale of miles on the map to estimate the distance traveled on the Underground Railroad. Then, students use the given information to label each of the states on the map.
Bison on the Plains
Fifth graders explore U.S. geography by reading assigned text about American Indians. In this migration lesson, 5th graders identify the differences between Native Americans and European settlers who traveled through middle America in the 19th century. Students compare different trails that were traveled during the westward expansion era.
Learning about a Culture from a Story
Students interpret the identity of a traditional culture from objects and a creation story. For this lesson on learning about a culture from a story, students read and analyze an Eskimo myth about creation and an essay on Traditional Eskimo Life. Students work in groups and discuss what they've read.
Hawaii No Ka Oi!
Students discover the beautiful state of Hawaii by creating travel documents. In this U.S. Geography lesson plan, students utilize the Internet to research Hawaii and design a travel brochure. Students create a sample budget for a Hawaiian vacation.
Reading Road Trip to Tennessee
Students plan a fictional trip to Tennessee. In this U.S. geography activity, students read Goin' Someplace Special by Patricia McKissack and utilize MapQuest to plan out a route to Tennessee. Students research the history of Tennessee using the Internet and encyclopedias.
Sense of Place: No River Too Wide-Bridges
Fifth graders discover the history of their hometown Des Moines River. In this U.S. Geography lesson students speak with Iowans that tell stories of the settlers and early villages near the Des Moines River. Students document their research using a video camera and create a musical presentation for the class based on their research.
Lions and Tigers and Bears - Oh My!
Research animals and develop a non-fiction presentation. Students will complete research on a particular animal and determine the animal's characteristics as well as habitat before choosing a differentiated project to present using the information. Lots of choices are given in a menu format that include: book covers, placemats, game cars, theatrical response, etc...