The 5 Regions of the United States: Lesson for Kids

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Instructor: Tammie Mihet

Tammie has taught elementary school for 14 yrs. and holds an MA in Instructional Technology

What if you could see the United States differently? Instead of seeing a collection of 50 states, you see it as large chunks of land. In this lesson, you will learn about the 5 main regions of the United States and what makes each one special.

Regions of the United States

Most of us know that the United States is made up of 50 states. However, did you know that the country is made up of 5 regions? Imagine that you're working on a puzzle of the United States. However, this puzzle is not made up of 50 pieces, but 5 big pieces. As you look at each large piece, you realize it contains several states stuck together. Well, each piece is an area of land, or what we call a region, of the United States.

How do we decide what states belong together? We look for common features or characteristics. It is like taking all of the kids in your class and sorting them by a common characteristic, like hair color. Only with states, we look for common features such as where each is located in North America. The location also plays a big part in what types of natural resources, land features (forests, mountains, deserts, etc.), climates (weather over a long period of time), or cultures can be found there.

The 5 regions of the United States
Map of the 5 regions of the United States


Here is an interesting fact about the Northeast: When it comes to land size, the Northeast is the smallest region, but it contains the states with the highest population! In this region, you'll find:

  • Maine
  • Delaware
  • New Hampshire
  • Vermont
  • Massachusetts
  • Rhode Island
  • Maryland
  • Connecticut
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania

If you would like to live in a region that has a rocky coastline, the Appalachian Mountains, and also large open areas of farmland, then this is the region for you. However, be careful which state you pick, because the climate varies greatly from bitterly frigid winters to hot, humid summers.


Do you like rain, humid summers, and shorter winters? If you do, you'll love the Southeast. You will have many states to choose from, such as:

  • South Carolina
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • North Carolina
  • Mississippi
  • Alabama
  • Kentucky
  • Arkansas
  • Tennessee
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Louisiana

You might even become a lumberjack or a coal miner, as this region is rich in pine trees and coal.

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