Background

This site has been established to guide students through learning activities about the regions of the United States. The four regions were selected based on Houghton Mifflin Outline Maps and are listed below. The information included is based on the LFS unit developed for the Northeast region and then was expanded to each of the other three regions.
*The World Book shows seven US Regions here.

Implementation

The plan for implementation of the project is to work through the activities for the Northeast Region as a full group. The teacher and students work together to gather the information according to the procedures page. Upon completion of the Northeast Region research, students can complete an individual project as outlined on the Project Choices page. This full group activity is done to acquaint the children with the content they are required to learn, the methods for acquiring and recording the information and then assimilating that information into a final project addressing the lesson essential questions.

Following the Northeast region, the teacher divides the students into groups to jigsaw the remaining regions and acts as facilitator as the students follow the procedures for their assigned region. The teacher can decide if the students will complete a group or individual project according to the Project Choices page. Refer to Jigsaw in 10 Easy Steps for more information about the jigsaw procedure.



Regions & States

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

Technical Setup!

Teachers will need to create a region page for each region on their swsd wikispace page. Contact Michelle Krill or Bryan Tayman for assistance with accessing your wikispace if this is new to you. See the setup section below for assistance with setting up the region pages on your wiki.

Student Wiki Setup

  • Go to your wiki at http://firstnamelastname.swsd.wikispaces.net.
  • Login to your wiki.
  • Click New Page and name it Northeast Region (year).
  • Copy the information from the Procedures page and paste onto each new region wiki page on your wiki: http://usregions.swsd.wikispaces.net/Procedures
  • Click Save.
  • Repeat this process for each region. (To be set up for the additional regions.)
  • Students will need to join the wiki to make edits.
  • Email Shari Dusman your list of students so she can create the wikispaces accounts.
  • Students login to the wiki using their username and 5 digit ID number with a 1 in front, making the password a 6 digit number.
  • Students navigate to their region page and follow the procedures to gather the information for their region and add it to the wiki page. (*Note: At this time, only one student can edit a single wiki page at a time.)
  • Additional links to copy:


Learning Map

US_REgions_LMap.jpg

KUDS


Standards

7.1.4.B: Describe and locate places and regions as defined by physical and human features.
7.1.6.B Describe and locate places and regions.

7.2.6A Describe the physical characteristics of places and regions.

7.2.4.B: Identify the basic physical processes that affect the physical characteristics of places and regions.
7.2.6.B Describe the physical processes that shape patterns on Earth’s surface.

7.3.6.A Describe the human characteristics of places and regions by their population characteristics.

7.3.6.C Describe the human characteristics of places and regions by their settlement characteristics.

7.3.6.D Describe the human characteristics of places and regions by their economic activities.