The Seven Politcal Regions of the United States
Teacher: Today, we are going to talk about the seven political regions of the United States. Tell your neighbor how excited you are to learn about the seven regions! Teach!
Students: Okay! (Students teach their neighbor what the teacher just said.)
Teacher: Class! Class! Class!
Students: Yes! Yes! Yes!
Teacher: The United States is made up of 50 states. A state is an example of a political region. States may be grouped as part of different regions. A political region is an area of a county. In this U.S. History class, we group the 50 states by regions. There are seven regions we need to learn. Teach!
Students: Okay! (Students teach their neighbor what the teacher just said).
Teacher: U.S. Regions, Class!
Students: U.S. Regions, Yes! (Students will teach their neighbor how many U.S. states there are, what a region is, and how many regions they are going to learn.)
Teacher: Classity, Class Class!
Students: Yessity, Yes Yes!
Teacher: We will learn our regions by traveling from the east to the west across the United States. The first two regions are the Northeast and the Southeast. The Northeast is in the northern and eastern part of the U.S. (Teacher points to the north and east.) The Northeast is know for having cold temperatures during the winter, so we will think of the color purple, a cool color, when talking about the Northeast. The Southeast is in the southern and eastern part of the U.S. (Teacher points to the south and east.) The Southeast is know for fertile green farmland, so we will use the color green, for grass, when thinking about the Southeast. Clap! Clap! Air Whiteboard-Teach!
Students: Clap! Clap! Okay! (Students will draw and use a large imaginary whiteboard during this remaining part of this lesson. It is one of WBTs "Brain Toys." To begin, students draw a white board by drawing/saying, "Zip. Zip. Zip." Then, they wipe off the lower left corner by wiping/saying, "EEE...EEE...EEE." Students will trace the outline of the U.S. on their board and then us it to teach the Northeast and Southeast regions.)
Teacher: Zippity, Zippity Class!
Students: Zippity, Zippity Yes!
Teacher: Now, that we have learned about the Northeast and Southeast, we move to the middle of the U.S. (Teacher moves her hands to the Northeast and Southeast then places hands on hips to represent the middle.) The middle part of America is called the Midwest because it is in the middle. We will color code the Midwest yellow because in this region, temperatures begin to heat up. (Teacher fans herself using her hand.) Midwest, whiteboard Teach!
Students: Midwest, whiteboard Okay! (Students use the Air Whiteboard to review the Northeast, Southeast and to tell about the Midwest.)
Teacher: Geo., Class!
Students: Geo., Yes!
Teacher: Now, we move a little farther west to the Rocky Mountain/Western region. Here, we have the Rocky Mountains that stretch as far north as Canada and as far south as Mexico. (Teacher uses hands to show where Canada and Mexico are.) This region gets its name from being on the western side of the U.S. and because The Rocky Mountains, the largest mountain range in American, runs through this region. Brown will be the region color to show mountains. (Teacher points west and uses both hands to create 'mountain peaks.') In a whisper the teacher says, "Whiteboard, Teach!"
Students: In a whisper, students say, "Whiteboard, Okay!" (Students tell their neighbor about the Rocky/Mountain Region.)
Teacher: Class Class! Class Class Class!
Students: Yes Yes! Yes Yes Yes!
Teacher: Ok! We have now discussed the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, and Rocky Mountain/Western Regions of the U.S.. We have three more to go! Tell your neighbor what regions we have already discussed and how many we have left. Teach!
Students: Okay! (Students review the regions so far and how many are left.)
Teacher: The Southwest region is in the southern and western part of the United States. It's climate is hot hot, hot and dry, dry, dry, so we will use the hotest color there is-RED! (Teacher uses her hand to show where south and west are and fans herself to describe the climate.) Hot! Hot! Hot! Whiteboard! Teach!
Students: Hot! Hot! Hot! Whiteboad! Yes! (Students teach their neighbor the location, climate, and color for the Southwest.)
Teacher: Last Two, Class!
Students: Last Two, Yes!
Teacher: The Pacific region borders the Pacific Ocean. It is in the far western part of the connected 48 states. Because it borders the ocean, we will think of the color blue for this region. (Teacher creates waves with hand, points to the west, then clasps hands together to show connected.) The final region is not connected to the U.S. main land. Sooooooo, we call these two states the Non-Contiguous region. Alaska is connected to Canada, and Hawaii is a group of islands in the Pacific Ocean. We will use orange to represent this Non-Contiguous region. (Teacher unclasps hands to show non-contiguous, points north to Canada, west to Hawaii, and creates an O to show the color orange.) Whiteboard-Teeeeeach!
Students: Whiteboard-Yeeeeeees! (Students teacher their neighbor about the Pacific and Non-Contiguous regions.)
Teacher: Oh, Class!
Students: Oh, Yes!
Teacher: Alright! Let's sum up these regions. A region is an area of a country and a way to group the 50 states. We have to know the 7 Regions of the United States and where they are. These include the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Rocky Mountain/Western, Southwest, Pacific, and Non-Contiguous regions. (Teacher holds up 7 fingers and then points to each area using her hands as a compass.) Final Teach!
Students: Final Okay! (Students teacher their neighbor what teacher has just said.)