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Regions of the United States

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Our completed USA Regions Map

Our completed U.S.A. regions map

Target Vocabulary Words: country, region, state, capital, border, nation, North America, united, landform, body of water, landmark, motto, statehood, etc.

Lesson Plan:

Prior to the lesson, it would be helpful to discuss/review compass directional points (N, S, E, W, NE, SE, NW, SW), as well as what a border is.

Using a printable map of the United States, discuss the five main regions and the states within them:

  • Northeast ~ Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland
  • Southeast ~ Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas
  • Midwest ~ Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota
  • Southwest ~ Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
  • West ~ Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, Alaska, Hawaii

Have the child color the regions on the map to offer a visual guide for the lesson. Discuss each region by highlighting the states within that specific area. Include the following information:

  • In which continent is the United States located?
  • 50 total states
  • state name and capital city
  • state abbreviation
  • state bird/animal/flower
  • state motto
  • famous landmarks within the state (Statue of Liberty, Grand Canyon, Golden Gate Bridge, etc)
  • Nation’s capital ~ Washington, D.C.
  • U.S. Symbols and traditions

To expand the lesson, you can discuss various terrains within the United States and the animals within those habitats:

  • landforms ~ canyon, desert, hill, island, mountain, plain, valley, volcano
  • bodies of water ~ lake, river, ocean
  • coastal areas, wetlands, swamps, estuaries, etc.

Did You Know?: The first state to receive statehood (established as an official state) was Delaware on December 7, 1787. The last state to receive statehood was Hawaii on August 21, 1959.

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4 comments on “Regions of the United States

  1. thehomeschoolmomblog
    May 20, 2013

    Out of curiosity, where did you get the top image of the US? I like the small features which have been added and wouldn’t mind grabbing one of these myself. Thanks!

    • Sofia
      May 21, 2013

      I thought it was a great template too! Here’s the web address to the template: http://www.scribbleblog.com/tag/united-states/
      I’ll also put a link on the post just in case.

      • thehomeschoolmomblog
        May 21, 2013

        Thank you so much for the link! I have it now and will definitely be using it when we come back to the fifty states next year! 🙂

      • Sofia
        May 22, 2013

        You’re welcome 🙂

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