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US Geography Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kevin Newton

Kevin has edited encyclopedias, taught middle and high school history, and has a master's degree in Islamic law.

Help your students better appreciate and analyze the geography of the United States with this lesson plan from Study.com. Use the included activity to help students get a better understanding of important landforms in the U.S.

Lesson Objectives

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify major geographic features in the U.S.
  • identify major regions of the U.S.
  • analyze how major geographic features influence populations

Length

40 minutes plus 40 minutes for the activity

Curriculum Objectives

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.7

Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.

Key Terms

  • Geography
  • Geographic Feature
  • Northwest
  • Southeast
  • Midwest
  • Southwest
  • West

Materials

  • For the activity, you'll need physical maps of each of the five regions of the United States.

Instructions

  • To warm up, have students list different types of landforms and climates. Which of these do they have in their region?
  • Create a two column chart on the board with the headers 'Geographic Feature' and 'Regions'. List the landforms and climate under the 'Geographic Feature' section.
  • As a class read the lesson United States Geography: Lesson for Kids.
  • Ask students about other geographic features listed in the lesson. Add these to the 'Geographic Feature' column on the board.
  • Now read the text lesson The 5 Regions of the United States: Lesson for Kids.
  • As you read about each of the regions, ask students pointed questions about each region, specifically if it possesses any of the landforms or climates listed. You may only want to ask about 2-3 defining features for each region. In the 'Regions' column on the board, write the region next to the geographic features it possesses. For example, next to mountains, you would write Northeast, next to desert, you would write Southwest.

Activity

  • Divide your class into five groups, assigning each group a region of the United States.
  • Provide each group with a map.
  • Ask students to make a list of the most important landforms found in each region, as well as their predictions as to how these landforms influence how people live in that region.
  • Have them share their findings with the class.

Extension

  • Ask students to make predictions about how they expect Native Americans to live in different regions based off of the geography of those regions.
  • Have your students work on physical maps of different states or countries in order to grow their skills at identifying geographic features.

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