United States Geography Teacher Resources
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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.
Students investigate the geography of North America by viewing and identifying places on a map. In this U.S. Geography lesson plan, 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.
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.
Students take a closer look at archetypes. In this characterization lesson, 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.
Students explore U.S. Geography by analyzing a map. In this state vs. country lesson, 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.
Students 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.
Students examine natural resources and landforms of the United States. In 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.
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.
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.
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.
Students solve math problems. For this computation lesson, students write area codes on a map of the United States. Students use the map to solve subtraction, addition and multiplication problems.
What do your pupils know about the United States? This resource asks learners to respond to 10 questions about certain states and landmarks. Useful for a geography lesson and to help familiarize your learners with the continent. An answer key is included on the bottom of the page. While the publisher cites a standard for reading informational text, that association is a bit of a stretch.
Students interpret the identity of a traditional culture from objects and a creation story. In this instructional activity 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.
Students discover the beautiful state of Hawaii by creating travel documents. In this U.S. Geography lesson, students utilize the Internet to research Hawaii and design a travel brochure. Students create a sample budget for a Hawaiian vacation.
Students plan a fictional trip to Tennessee. In this U.S. geography lesson, 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.
Fifth graders discover the history of their hometown Des Moines River. For 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.
Research animals and develop a non-fiction presentation. Young scholars 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...
Students participate in an on-line virtual field trip to the state of Alaska. In this U.S. Geography lesson, students research several Internet sites dealing with travel to Alaska and activities to participate in. Students create story math problems using facts about the Iditarod race.
Students explore states and capitals. In this U.S. geography activity, students practice locomotor skills playing Freeze Tag. Students generate the matching capital when given a specific state name in order to continue the game.