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Defining Regions of the US - lesson plan
Desert Life in the American Southwest - Introduction to what a desert is with links to the geology, plants, animals and people of the desert.
Fifty State Quarters Program
Lesson plans from the US Mint. The Westward Journey Nickel Series™ Lesson Plans
Fifty States, Five Lessons
Lesson ideas from Education World.
Types of Land in the United States
You can learn more about islands, plain, mountains and desserts of the United States by clicking on them in the map.
Lessons by State
from Fifty States
Mr. Don's Lesson Plans & Activities for the 50 States
Regions of the US - Literature Connection
This unit of study covers seven regions in the United States. The lessons use literature to examine the concepts of diversity and promote respect and understanding of all Americans. Each lesson can be used independently or as part of the unit.
What Do Maps Show?
Downloadable materials. Please consult Teacher's Guide, which explains how the activities are related to locations, places, relationships, movement, and regions.
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About WebQuests
The WebQuest concept was created by Bernie Dodge and Tom March. Webquests are "an inquiry-oriented activity in which some or all of the information that learners interact with comes from resources on the Internet." Be sure to visit the Training Materials page for teacher resources including pedagogy, tips and templates.
From the WebQuest Portal Page http://webquest.org/ you can search for a specific webquest or choose Top, Middle or New to view a webquest matrix which is organized by grade and subject.
Rubrics for Web Lessons
WebQuests - Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators
More great information on webquests.
The following is a sampling of the webquests available. Take a look, then use the one as is, adapt to suit your needs, get inspiration for a lesson, or create your own!
Immigration - The American Dream
After completing this webquest, you will have acquired a lot more knowledge about
the history of immigration to America and about the dreams, and expectations.
Immigration - California Gold Rush WebQuest
Immigration - Gold Rush WebQuest
Immigration - Santa Fe Trial WebQuest
After completing the Immigration WebQuest, you will have learned
about early immigration and arriving at Ellis Island
Regions - Travel Through the Regions of the Good Ol' USA
You have been given the chance to take a virtual tour of the USA. As you travel from region to region, you will work in groups to collect information that will enable you to make maps, design pamphlets, and prepare informative presentations for the rest of the class.
Regions of the United States WebQuest
Focused on naming regions by considering climatic, physical, political, cultural, and economic characteristics.
You and your relocation team will be learning about the five different US regions in order to determine the best location for your new toy/sports equipment facility. After studying each of the regions you will be asked construct a PowerPoint presentation for the company’s board of directors that will include an overview of the regions your studied as well as a recommendation for where your company should expand.
States - Design a New Quarter
States - Hotlist of US States WebQuests
States - Fifty State WebQuest
Symbol - United States Symbol WebQuest
What is a rubric and how to use them.
From FDR Elementary School, Lima, Peru
Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators - Assessment Rubrics
Rubric Builders and Generator. This site enables teachers is to provide a rubric for student use and for both formative and summative assessment purposes.
Chicago Public Schools
This site has extensive information regarding ways to make and use rubrics.
Multiple Intelligence Template
Choose a topic and create a new rubric based on a template. You can print
a rubric made this way, but you cannot save or edit it online.
The Rubric Builder enables teachers to build effective assessment rubrics and to
make them available over the World Wide Web.
Rubric for Collaborative Group Fieldwork Research
Students will be assessed on their ability to show the relationship between a region and the states.
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From Scholastic. Easy to use, basic form.
Alphabets Book - Create a class ABC book about a region.
Region Recipe - Draft a recipe for your region. Ingredients and procedures reflect facts, climate, natural resources, immigrant groups or any other characteristic of the region.
Newspaper - Publish a newspaper that reflects interests, history, geography, etc. of a region.
Oral Presentation - While one student presents, have others look for answers to specific question.
Post Card - Send a postcard from your region. Import an image from the Internet or draw an original. The message will reflect regional information.
Play - Produce and perform a play that focuses on the region.
State Suitcase - Use a manila folder for the suitcase. Don't forget to make handles! Among other items the suitcase must contain a persuasive paragraph about the region.
Swap Shop - Student trade one good idea about their region with each other.
Trading Card - Create base ball style trading card with condensed, salient region facts.
Travel Brochure - Publish a tri-fold brochure persuading people to visit a region.