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Explore Your State With Maps
Students create maps of their own state using information from the National Geographic "MapMachine" website. They draw and label features on a blank map of their state, discuss the geographic features of their state, and create a state map from memory.
Rockin' Round New York State
Students discuss their favorite rock groups and bands. They create rock groups that will be touring New York State. Students research cities in New York, determine dates of concerts, create touring itineraries, and develop Inspiration webs of different cities.
Arkansas State Mineral: Quartz Mineral
The quartz crystals found in the mountains of Arkansas are among the purest and clearest in the world! This lesson has middle schoolers focus on this state mineral of Arkansas as they study the state's geography. A fun game is incorporated in this plan which will help learners understand more about this important mineral. The game cards are embedded in the plan.
Geography and Global Issues
Twelfth graders consider the dependence of the United States on foreign oil. In this global issues lesson, 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.
Geography, Climate, and Adaptation
Students explore geography, climate, and adaptations by creating a country of their own. In this geography lesson, students work in groups to create a map of an imaginary country, they will include geography, climate, plants, and animals. Students design a list of three plants and animals of their country and explain their characteristics and adaptations.
United States Virtual Tour Guide
Sixth graders research one of the 50 United States using the Internet and print resources. They design a travel brochure that highlights one of the states geography, official state information and travel destinations. They combine the individual slide presentation into one large presentation.
In these five worksheets about the state of Illinois, students read facts about the state's geography, history, economy, and entertainment and observe a map to answer multiple choice questions. Students answer 30 questions.
What Constitutes a State?
Students examine the differences between various state constitutions in the United States. Then, using their own
State of Alabama
In this reading passages about the state of Alabama worksheet, students read about the state's geography, history, exploration, industry, and people and use the information to answer multiple choice and true and false questions. Students answer 30 questions.
Lesson Plan on U.S. States: Alabama
Young scholars explore U.S. geography by reading assigned text in class. In this Alabama state lesson, students identify the location of Alabama as well as the state bird, animal and flower. Young scholars research the Civil Rights era in relation to Alabama as well.
Students discover facts about Alabama. For this Alabama lesson, students gain information about Alabama's state bird, state flower and state animal. Students study the history of how Alabama became a state.
Defining Regions of the United States: Geography, Social Studies, Stereotypes
Students think about how the regions of the United States are defined and characterized. They map the regions from memory and compare maps to see that regions are human constructions that do not generally have clearly-defined boundaries.
Geography Drive USA™
A trivia-style virtual road trip in which the player's car is moved from state to state as questions are correctly answered. Ideally, a player would learn about different states by reading the simple brochures available in the Visitor Center before visiting the state to answer the questions. Incentives are offered for completing regions or making special deliveries.
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Kids have fun learning US geography and state facts, including capitals, nicknames, major cities, and landmarks. They can choose between the game, or informational flashcards for each state.
Fifty Nifty United States
Students participate in a variety of state-related activities. They read various books about the fifty states, create a travel brochure about a selected state, conduct research on famous people from their own state, and create a collage about different climates and areas of the U.S.
United States Map Lesson
Students explore basic map skills. In this United States geography lesson, students define "country" and "state," locate their state on a United States map, and identify and trace state boundaries defining their state and surrounding areas.
Geography of American History - Native America
Young scholars 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. In this geography lesson plan, students explore Second Life and different regional maps of 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
States and Mates
Discuss and reflect on the concept of allies and alliances. The class examines the competition between the United States and Venezuela. Using the New York Times, they search for examples of geopolitical alliances. In addition, they write a persuasive essay in support of either the United States or Venezuela.
50 States: New England States
Students discover where certain states are located and what the look like. They look for their information on a web site. Each student is assigned a state which they must research then present to the entire class.