This is a 4th grade Social Studies Lesson (35-40 minutes) that is the introductory lesson for Exploring the Physical Characteristics of the United States activities that can span up to a week. You will need: This Land is Your Land Lyrics available for a free download to go along with this lesson. All other materials are listed in the lesson plan.
This was a very popular lesson along with the second part Lesson 2, also available for download and the coordinating travel journal and final assessment.
For the second lesson: There are centers that the students travel to in small groups, to explore each physical characteristic such as the desert, canyons, forests etc. Along the way, they collect their research in their travel journals and write journal entries to their family back home describing their experiences. There is also a place to cite their sources in the travel journal (an important 4th grade standard!)