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Geography of the U.S. - Chapter Summary
Middle school students can watch the comprehensive videos found in this chapter to gain greater insight into the geography of the United States. The short and engaging video lessons help them analyze how geography influenced the U.S. population distribution and settlement patterns in the 18th and 19th centuries. Students can also watch the fun videos to discover the evolution and major climates of specific U.S. regions. The lessons examine how the market economy impacts certain regions and also compares life in a variety of cities through the country. Students can take multiple-choice lesson quizzes as well as a chapter exam to gauge their comprehension of the materials. Instructors can also answer questions related to this chapter on the geography of the U.S.
Chapter Lessons and Objectives
|How Geography Influenced the Early United States||Students can explore how U.S. population distribution, settlement patterns and economic activities during the 18th and 19th centuries were influenced by physical characteristics of the environment.|
|Factors Influencing Geographic Patterns in the United States||This lesson helps students examine how geographic patterns in the U.S. were changed by colonization, westward expansion and more.|
|Major Landforms in the United States||Students find, describe and map major landforms of places and regions of the United States.|
|The Evolution of Places & Regions in the United States||Instructors help students compare places and regions in the U.S. as they existed previously with present day.|
|Mapping the Physical and Human Characteristics of the United States||Students identify locations of significant physical and human characteristics on a map to analyze reasons specific human features are located in particular places.|
|Major Climates of Regions of the United States||Students can explore various climates found throughout the U.S. and analyze how abnormal and/or hazardous environmental conditions impact geographical locations.|
|The United States' Market Economy Impact on Its Regions||With this lesson, students can study how the market economy operates in the U.S.|
|Impact of Resources on the Movement of Products, Capital & People in the U.S.||Students analyze how the patterns of movement of products, capital and people in the U.S. are affected by the creation and distribution of various resources.|
|Distribution of Plants & Animals in the United States||Instructors show students the relationship between climate, vegetation, soil and geology and the distribution of plants and animals in the U.S.|
|Comparing Life in Different Locations of the United States||Students learn how to evaluate relationships involved in political, social, environmental and economic changes by comparing life in a variety of U.S. cities.|
1. How Geography Influenced the Early United States
After watching this video, you will be able to explain how the settlements of the United States developed and how the geography of the natural landscape impacted the positions of those settlements. A short quiz will follow.
2. Factors Influencing Geographic Patterns in the United States
After watching this video, you will be able to explain how colonization, westward expansion, immigration, transport, and communication have influenced geographic patterns in the U.S. historically. A short quiz will follow.
3. Major Landforms in the United States
After watching this video, you will be able to explain what a landform is and describe some of the most important landforms in the United States. A short quiz will follow.
4. The Evolution of Places & Regions in the United States
After watching this video, you will be able to explain how land use has evolved over time in the United States and provide some possible reasons for why those changes occurred. A short quiz will follow.
5. Mapping the Physical and Human Characteristics of the United States
After watching this video, you will be able to describe the physical and human characteristics of the United States, including cities, mountains, rivers, and valleys, among others. A short quiz will follow.
6. Major Climates of Regions of the United States
After watching this video, you will be able to describe the major climates in regions of the United States, both in terms of temperature and precipitation. A short quiz will follow.
7. The United States' Market Economy Impact on Its Regions
After watching this video, you will be able to explain what a market economy is, how the US economy works, and describe some of the regional economies of the US. A short quiz will follow.
8. Impact of Resources on the Movement of Products, Capital & People in the U.S.
After watching this video, you will be able to explain how the natural resources of the United States affected the movement of products, capital, and people throughout history. A short quiz will follow.
9. Distribution of Plants & Animals in the United States
After watching this video, you will be able to describe in general terms the distribution of plants and animals in the United States and give a few examples. A short quiz will follow.
10. Comparing Life in Different Locations of the United States
After watching this video, you will be able to describe in general terms life in the United States and how it varies by region, city versus country, and socioeconomic status. A short quiz will follow.
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Other chapters within the Geography: Middle School course
- Introduction to Geography
- Tools Used in Geography
- Earth's Spheres and Internal Structure
- Plate Tectonics
- Minerals and Rocks
- Weathering and Erosion
- Rock Deformation and Mountain Building
- Ground Water
- Running Bodies of Water
- The Earth-Sun Relationship
- Solar Radiation & Energy
- Global Temperature Patterns & The Atmosphere
- Atmospheric Pressure and Wind
- Atmospheric, Weather & Wind Patterns
- Atmospheric Moisture, Precipitation & Clouds
- Weather Events
- Geomorphology of Arid Regions
- Oceans & Coasts
- Geologic Time
- The Origin and Dispersal of Humans and Culture
- The Impact of Geography on Language & Culture
- The Environment & Human Populations
- The Domestication of Plants & Animals
- The Global Distribution & Characteristics of Soil
- Geography of Land Resources
- Human Movement & Spatial Processes
- Types of Human Settlements
- Ethnicity & Geography
- Modern Economic Systems
- The Economy & Geography
- Political Geography
- Impact of Humans on the Environment
- Renewable Resources
- Nonrenewable Resources
- Environmental Sustainability
- Food and Agriculture
- Solid and Hazardous Waste
- Environmental Risk Analysis
- Ethical and Political Processes of the Environment
- Understanding Geography Using Maps
- The Impact of Religion on Geography
- Early Human Civilizations
- World Conflicts & Geography
- Geography of North America
- Geography of Canada
- Geography of the Caribbean & Central & South America
- Geography of Europe
- Geography of Africa & the Middle East
- Geography of South Asia
- Geography of China, Japan & the Koreas
- Geography of Russia & Central Asia
- Geography of Australia & the Pacific Islands