Unit 2: Geographic Regions of North America


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(Source: http://www.zeroextinction.org/map_america.htm)
Study the graphics in these links to know what you will learn in this unit.
Characteristics of Regions #1 Regions #1
Characteristics of Regions #2 Regions #2
This link will take you to a slide show that describes the eight regions. It will help you to study and learn the regions and their characteristics. Regions Slides


Unit Definitions: Read the definitions for the important words found in this unit about the Geographic Regions of North America.

Lowlands: Land that is flatter or lower than surrounding land

Eroded: To be slowly worn away by wind or water

Glaciers: Large body of accumulating ice and snow that moves slowly

Flatlands: A large stretch of land at sea level

River valleys: A long area of land with a river running through it, that is surrounded by higher ground

Grasslands: Land on which grass is the main vegetation

Continental Divide: An imaginary line at the peak of the Rocky Mountains that determines the directional flow of rivers into those that flow east and those that flow west

Elevation: Height above sea level

Death Valley: Lowest point in North America

Harbors: Body of water where ships find shelter

Highlands: A mountainous region or elevated area (Appalachian Highlands)

Study the map of the Geographic Regions. You should know the location and characteristics of each region.

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Remembering the Regions: Here's a saying that will help you to remember the names of the regions. It starts with the Coastal Plain on the east coast and names the regions in order from east to west.


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Regions Facts and Photographs
The following pictures and descriptions will tell you all about the geographic regions.
(Source: http://www.rockingham.k12.va.us/resources/elementary/5history.htm)
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Appalas.jpg
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Shield.jpg

Int_lowlands.jpg

Great_Plns.jpg
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Rockies.jpg

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Coastal_Range.jpg
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Name the regions on the map shown below with your class. Can you name them without looking at a labeled map? Next, complete the following coloring activity.

Color an Eight Regions Map: Your teacher will give you a handout with this map on it. Color it according to the directions and glue it into your notebook.

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(Source: http://www.nonags.org/members/dasaunders/activities/comcast/activities/unit1/geography/usa3t.jpg )

Land Regions Flip Book: Follow your teacher's directions to make a flip book about the land regions of North America.

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(Source: http://teachers.henrico.k12.va.us/fairfield/saunders_d/batcave/foldables2bw.pdf)

(Your flip book will be folded like this. Follow your teacher's directions. Your book will have more pages than the illustration.)

Put the regions in the correct order moving from east to west, starting at the top of your flip book. They should be listed in this order: Coastal Plain, Appalachian Mountains, Canadian Shield, Interior Plains, Great Plains, Rocky Mountains, Basin and Range, Coastal Range. Write the name of each region on the flap and then copy the characteristics of the region under the flap. Your teacher may also give you a map of each region to glue under the flap with the characteristics.

Take a Quick Quiz: Good luck!

Can you name the regions correctly? Practice naming the regions by answering the questions found below.

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U. S. Landforms Activity

Use the list of questions shown below to play Mr. Nussbaum's landforms scavenger hunt. Number from 1 to 7 in your notebooks and answer the questions using the link to Mr. Nussbaum's U. S. map.


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Click on this link for the map. Map


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(Source: http://ushistory.pwnet.org/resources/pdf/T_shirt.pdf) (Source: http://all-free-download.com/free-vector/blank-tshirt-vector-free.html)

Regions Study Guide
This study guide has a good regions map and lots of information to help you study.
Study Guide

Games: Play these games to learn and review the Geographic Regions of North America.

1. Geography and Regions Matching Geography

2. Regions Millionaire Game Regions

3. Regions in Order Game Order

4. Regions Definition Game Define

5. More Number the Regions Number

6. More Regions Matching Matc

7. Match the Regions Again Match Again
8. Try this map exercise about the regions and waterways. Map fun!