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Western Region of the U.S. Lesson for Kids: Facts & Climate

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  • 0:05 The West
  • 0:43 Geography
  • 1:12 Climate
  • 1:50 Agriculture
  • 2:25 Fun Facts
  • 3:30 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: Kristin Pia Hayman

Kristin taught for over 10 years in the elementary classroom. She holds a B.A. in Journalism as well as a Master's Degree in Elementary Education.

The Western region has amazing places, diverse weather, and all types of agriculture. This lesson will focus on some of the reasons why the West is a one-of-a-kind area with many things to offer both visitors and the people who call it home.

The West

The western region of the United States is home to many different landforms, climates, and farms. Also referred to as just the West, it is a very diverse (or assorted and unique) area. Can you believe that some of the country's most amazing natural wonders and national parks are found here, like Yellowstone National Park? The states that make up the West are: Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, and California. Some also consider Alaska and Hawaii as a part of the West, even though they're not attached to the rest of the US.

Geography

The West is a land filled with great mountains, volcanoes, rolling plains, fertile valleys, beaches, and even deserts. California, Oregon, and Washington have earthquakes and even volcanoes! Hawaii also has many active volcanoes, and extinct volcanoes can be found all through the West. There are also impressive mountain ranges, specifically, the Rocky Mountains and the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Now, that is what you call diverse!

Climate

Climate is the word used to describe weather conditions in an area, observed over many years. Not surprisingly, the climate in the West is as diverse as its landforms. The Rockies and Sierra Nevada Mountains get extremely high amounts of snowfall; temperate rainforests along the Pacific Coast get high amounts of rain, yet some areas are still considered a desert and receive very little rain. Did you know that the area with the largest amount of rainfall is in the Pacific Northwest (Oregon & Washington)? On the flip side, the hottest place on Earth and driest place in North America is in Death Valley, California!

Agriculture

Do you know where your food comes from? Many of the foods that we eat every day come from the western region. Agriculture is another name for raising crops (or plants) and livestock (or animals). Much of our beef supply comes from California, and so do many fruits and vegetables, especially citrus. Idaho is famous for its potatoes, Washington apples are known around the world, and the flatter areas grow a good amount of wheat and soybeans. Next time you take a bite of a delicious piece of fruit, ask yourself, where did this come from? The answer may be, the West!

Fun Facts

Here are some fun facts about the western region of the US:

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