This flipchart was created to go with the 4th grade social studies curriculum for Louisiana (louisianabelieves.com)
Unit One Instruction
Topic Two: Regions of the United States (4.4.4, 4.4.2-3, 4.4.7, 4.5.1-3, 4.6.1-2)
Connections to the unit claim: Students apply their newly acquired map skills to learn about the five regions of the United States. During the study of each region, students connect regional geography, physical features, and climate to economic activities and culture. By the end of the unit, students have the current day schema to approach a historical study of the United States and make connections between historical events and contemporary regional identities.
Use this sample task:
● Investigating US Geography
● Note: Students will engage in the same set of serial questions for each region for ease of comparison.
To explore these key questions:
● What is life like for people living in each region of the US?
● How has geography and land influenced the way people live?
That students answer through this assessment:
● Students write 2 paragraphs answering: “Which region of the United States would you most like to visit and why? Which region would you least like to visit and why?” Tell students that they must use evidence from the unit and refer to at least features from their maps. When writing, have students connect the geography of a region to life for people living in the region, including economic activity, culture, recreation, etc....Collect for a grade.