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From Sea to Shining Sea: United State Geography Vocabulary

For Students 2nd - 3rd
Learners read a passage (included) about America, its land, and seas. Students think about the meanings of the words contrasts, vast, grasslands, fertile, bayous, glaciers, tundra, and plateaus. They label illustrations with the correct...
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Manifest Destiny and the Commercial Conquest of the United States

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students examine the role of commerce in the United States to help fulfill Manifest Destiny. They write commercials that could have been used by the Mexicans or Americans during the Mexican War.
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Korematsu v. United States (1944)

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Young historians learn about the arguments and decisions made during the Supreme Court case of Korematsu v. United States, as well as complete a worksheet activity referencing President Ronald Reagan's national apology to Japanese...
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United States Identifier

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders examine and research a major region of the Unites States in groups of four. In addition, they locate the states, capitals, mammals and two bodies of water or mountain ranges found within their region. After the research,...
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Puerto Rico: The 51st State?

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students research the history of Puerto Rico, its culture, and geography. In this Puerto Rico lesson, students find Puerto Rico on a map and find specific regions or cities. Students discuss Puerto Rico's statehood and listen to salsa...
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Landforms and Resources of the United States and Canada

For Students 6th - 8th
For this North American geography worksheet, students read about the physical features and resources of the United States and Canada. Students take notes and answer 3 short answer comprehension questions as they read the selection.
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The United States and Canada: Climate and Vegetation

For Students 7th - 10th
Display U.S. and Canadian climate and vegetation through this text-companion instructional activity. Learners read about the geography of these regions, take notes, and answer 3 comprehension questions as they read the selection. A...
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Geography of the West

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders compare the physical and human characteristics of Michigan to other regions of the United States. In this Western Regions lesson, 4th graders discuss regional differences and then view them on a map or Google Earth. They...
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Postcards From the American West

For Teachers 7th - 11th Standards
Why did people move westward in the United States? Your young historians will examine the experiences of various groups on the American frontier, from a miner working near the Comstock Lode in Nevada, to an Apache chief from the...
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Postcards from the Southeast and Middle West Regions

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students talk about visiting other states.  In this geography lesson, students choose a state from the Midwest or Southwest and create a postcard about it.  Students include where they are, what they saw and something they did.  Students...
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Migration to the Great Lakes States

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders discover the reasons why people migrated to the Midwestern portion of the United States. In this Midwest migration instructional activity, 4th graders study vocabulary associated with the instructional activity, watch two...
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United States of America

For Students 4th - 6th
For this writing worksheet, students read short paragraphs about United States facts. Students then generate questions about the paragraphs using given facts. 
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Subregions of the United States

For Students 6th - 8th
In this United States geography worksheet, students complete a graphic organizer by comparing 4 regions of the United States. In addition, students explain 2 concepts and use a textbook map to respond to 2 short answer questions.
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Climate and Vegetation of the United States and Canada

For Students 6th - 8th
In this North American geography learning exercise, students find the 23 missing words or phrases that best complete each of the sentences in the 1 paragraph selection pertaining to the climate and vegetation of the United States and...
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Mapping West Virginia

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders explore West Virginia. In this Unites States geography lesson, 4th graders discuss the type of land and the cities in West Virginia. Students create two overlays, with transparencies, that show the natural land and the...
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Southern States Word Search

For Students 4th - 5th
Sixteen of our southern states are hidden in this basic word search. Learners must find words that are hidden in every way possible within the search - even backwards! Luckily, an answer key does accompany this resource.
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Classical Civilizations: The Rise of States and Empires

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
History is full of great empires rising to power—and falling into dust. But what does religion and a society's belief system have to do with a civilization's fate? A thorough explanation of the impact of world religions on their...
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Where Did My Lunch Come From? A U.S. Regional Tour

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explore the regions from which their food comes. In this social studies lesson plan, students identify the different agricultural products that are found in the major regions of the United States. Students create a lunch menu.
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Post-Classical: Regional and Transregional Interactions

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
International trade from 600 AD to 1450 AD resulted in the flourishing of post-classical civilizations, the expansion of Islam across many regions, and the transmission of rare materials and innovative ideas — not to mention the spread...
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U.S. Land Regions Project

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders research one of five regions of the United States. Using the internet, they identify the states and capitals in that region and its climate. They discover the four most common natural resources in the area and the three...
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Map Memory

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders, working in a whole class setting, label a United States map with the names of all the states that they know. They transfer the names of the states to an individual map and color it. Next, they receive directions on how to...
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Historical Routes

For Students 5th - 6th
In this United States highways learning exercise, students review a short paragraph about the Dust Bowl and the routes people used to leave the region. Students then use the map to answer the geographical questions about the two routes....
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Photography and the National Park Service

For Teachers 9th - 12th
During the 1800s the United States was expanding westward; land was there for the taking.  Kids explore how some early photographers used their photography to influenced the US Congress to save areas like Mirror Lake. They complete a...
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Finding the West

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students question the idea of a geographic space called 'the West.' They first examine a map of the United States and hypothesize what region constitutes the West, then read two passages that critically discuss the notion of a geographic...