Ch 3: US Geography Lesson Plans & Resources

About This Chapter

Build comprehensive, well-constructed lesson plans on US geography using the outlines presented in this chapter. These lesson plans come with associated lessons that can help you maximize your class time and engage your students.

US Geography Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you will find lesson plans and additional materials that can help you develop a workable syllabus for your classes in United States geography. These tools can give you a foundation upon which to build a teaching plan that will make studying US geography interesting and fun. You will find lesson plans that contain topics focusing on the history of various regions and states including Arkansas, Texas and others, the states and their capitals, a general overview of the United States as a whole, and much more. These guides will help you create:

  • Kid-friendly lessons on US geography and the five regions of the United States
  • Lesson plans on Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and New Mexico
  • Timelines and lessons covering events, outstanding historical figures and issues on selected states
  • Lessons on the history of the states given above
  • Lessons and a lesson plan on US states and their capitals

How It Helps

  • Common core: Enables you to be certain that your lessons in US geography are consistent with current education standards
  • Homework or classwork suggestions: Provides ideas that you can use to design classroom or homework assignments for your students
  • Class discussion questions or topics: Offers suggestions for topics related to the geography of the United States that you can introduce for class discussion

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning lessons on the geography of the United States easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific US geography-related topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your US geography class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related US geography lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important concepts from your U.S. geography lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant US geography-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

11 Lessons in Chapter 3: US Geography Lesson Plans & Resources
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Washington D.C. Lesson Plan

1. Washington D.C. Lesson Plan

What do your students know about our nation's capital? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to summarize the history and significance of Washington, D.C. An activity places students in the role of tour guide.

United States Geography: Lesson for Kids

2. United States Geography: Lesson for Kids

What do a mountain, a river, and a desert have in common? They're all are part of the geography of the United States! In this lesson, you will learn about some of the greatest places that make up the geography of the United States.

The 5 Regions of the United States: Lesson for Kids

3. The 5 Regions of the United States: Lesson for Kids

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.

States & Capitals Lesson Plan

4. States & Capitals Lesson Plan

Can your students name all 50 states and their capitals? A text lesson paired with a small group activity will ensure that they can name them as well as explain the function of state capitals. An associated quiz measures comprehension and our suggestions for related lessons and extensions support ongoing instruction.

Capitals of U.S. States

5. Capitals of U.S. States

In this lesson, you'll learn about the capitals of the fifty U.S. States. This lesson will teach you the purpose of capitals, why capital locations are chosen, and the significance of capitals in American life.

US Territories Activities

6. US Territories Activities

If your class is studying United States geography, learning about its territories is important. Use these activities to help students explore the territories of the United States.

US Physical Geography Games

7. US Physical Geography Games

This lesson provides teachers with classroom games designed to teach students of varying ages and abilities how to research and discuss the physical geography of the United States.

Washington, D.C. Lesson Plan for Elementary School

8. Washington, D.C. Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Do your students know the history of Washington, D.C.? This lesson plan outlines key facts about Washington, D.C.'s history and significance, using a text lesson to do so. An activity reinforces learning.

How Geography Influenced the Early United States Lesson Plan

9. How Geography Influenced the Early United States Lesson Plan

Educate your students on how the early United States was influenced by geography with this lesson plan. They will view a video lesson, take an accompanying lesson quiz, and take part in a fun activity.

Geography of the United States Activities for High School

10. Geography of the United States Activities for High School

As your students study the geography of the United States, consider using these activities to help them understand the diverse geography of the country and practice their map skills.

US Geography Lesson Plan

11. US Geography Lesson Plan

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

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