United States Lesson #1 Geography
United States United States Map Quiz
United States Essential Questions 1) What are the geographic (land) features of the four regions of the United States? 2) How do geographic features affect where people live in the United States?
United States-Geography Vocabulary Contiguous Coastal plain Swamp Everglades Hurricane Tornado Continental Divide
Do Now 12-10-13 Have your vocabulary out to be checked!!!!
Contiguous • Connecting to or bordering another state
Coastal plain • Low land that lies along the coast
swamp • A low, wet area where trees and bushes grow; usually covered by shallow water at least part of the year
everglades • A swampy grassland, such as in southern Florida. “RIVER OF GRASS”
hurricane • A tropical storm that brings heavy rain, high seas, and winds 75 miles per hour or more
tornado • A funnel shaped, spinning, windstorm, sometimes called cyclone or twister
Continental Divide • The crest of the Rocky Mountains that divide North America’s river systems into those that flow east and those that flow west.
Do Now- • Take out your US packets, study your vocabulary.
United States- Geography • Using the map on page A18-19 in your textbook or the Atlas at your table, label the states and their capitals on your map. • Color the 4 regions of the United States on your map according to the map key
US- Geography Read along in your textbook as I play the DVD.
US- Geography Do Now 11-15-12 On the back of page one in your packet tell me why the northeast is the most populated region in the US. Give me at least two reasons.
US Geography • Jigsaw- 4 groups (OPTIONAL) In your assigned groups you will read and discuss your section together. You will then take notes on the foldable. Group #1- Northeast Group #2- South Group #3- Middle West Group #4- West
US- Geography • Types of information to be included in foldable. (You will not find exact information for all regions) 1) All states included in the region (REQUIRED) 2) Size of the region (if given) 3) Characteristics of the region a) major landforms, b) bodies of water c) popular cities d) Industries or businesses 4) Climate of the region ANY OTHER IMPORTANT FACTS
US- Geography Today you will exchanging information from your original groups assigned region with students that were assigned to the other three regions. Get together with your assigned region so that we can assign new groups.
US Geography • Do Now- • Period #6 Study for your Middle West Region states quiz….TODAY
Do Now • Take out your foldable on the US Regions and be ready to start class on time!!!!
US- Geography • Do Now 11-12-12 • Take out your maps and prepare to take your quiz on the states in the Middle-West Region.
Northeast Region • Smallest in size but large in population. Nearly 60 million people live here. It has the largest population density (people per square miles) • Largest cities include New York, Philadelphia and Boston. They are important centers of manufacturing and trade. • The Appalachian Mountains lay west of the coastline. More people live east of them than to the west.
South Region • Two major landforms are Appalachian Mountains and Coastal Plains. • Contains some of the largest swamps such as the Florida Everglades (4,000 sq. miles). • Some of the countries largest cities in Texas: Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. • Warm temperatures, long summers, and frequent rainfall make it great agricultural region.
South Region- cont’d. • Cash crops, such as peanuts, cotton and citrus fruits. • Farmers raise hogs, chickens, beef and dairy cattle. • The warm climate and sandy beaches help the south attract visitors. • During the months from June through November, it is dangerous because of hurricanes that form along the coast.
The Middle West • The major areas are the Interior Plains ( Central Plains and the Great Plains) • Central Plains begin in Ohio and run to the Mississippi River. • The Great Plains run west of Mississippi. • The Great Plains are a tough place to live because of the extreme hot and cold temperatures. • Known as the “Heartland” of the US.
The Middle West- cont’d. • There is enough wheat produced here to meet the needs of the US and many other countries. • Tornado Areas • Much of this area lies in the drainage basin of the Mississippi River that is 2,348 miles. • Great Lakes (five of the largest freshwater lakes in the world) • Chicago, Detroit and Cleveland are the largest cities in the Middle West.
The West Region • Mountains are the most prominent landforms in the West. The Rocky Mountains are the largest at 3,000 miles long from Mexico to Alaska. • The Grand Canyon in Arizona is a famous landform carved out by the Colorado River. • Death Valley is in the west and it is 282 feet below sea level. • The mild, rainy climate is perfect for growing some of the world’s largest trees
The West Region- cont’d. • The West contains Alaska and Hawaii. • Alaska has the lowest population density of any state because it is a difficult place to live.
Guided Notes With your 3 O’clock partner, complete “From Sea to Shining Sea”
Guided Notes Answers From Sea to Shining Sea • 3.6 million square • Touch • Northeast, South, Mid-West, West
Guided Notes Answers The Northeast • smallest, population • Atlantic Coast • Population density • Broad valleys
Guided Notes Answers The South • Appalachian • Swamps • Florida, everglades • Cash crops • Visitors • Dangerous • hurricane
Guided Notes Answers The Middle West • Farming center • People, animals, crops, property • Tornado • Tributaries • Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, Ontario
Guided Notes Answers The West • landforms, Rocky • Divides, 2 • Grand Canyon, famous • Death Valley, sea level • Alaska, Hawaii • Population • Volcanoes
3-2-1 List three facts about the Northeast List two facts about the West List one fact about the Middle West
Graphic Organizer • Geography Tab • United States- North American Continent • 50 States- 4 Regions • Mountains, Plains, Everglades, • Climate Varies greatly by region
Do Now- 11-19-12 • Make sure that your name is on your packet to turn in. • I am going to give you a couple of minutes to review for the quiz today.
Quickie Quiz 1) What continent is the US located on? 2) Name the mountain chain that is in the Northeast and South Region. 3) What are the major industries in the Northeast? 4) What are 2 cash crops grown in the South Region? 5) The Middle West Region is know as the _________, because of farming. 6) What major landform is in the West Region?
Quickie Quiz 7) Name 2 states in the Northeast. 8) Name 2 states in the South. 9) Name 2 states in the Mid-West. 10) Name 2 states in the West.