This series of PowerPoint presentations is closely aligned to Unit 2 of the 4th grade Michigan Citizenship Curriculum (MC3). This unit is entitled The United States in Spatial Terms and involves seven lessons that focuses on the geography of the United States. Each lesson has its own PowerPoint presentation. Each presentation goes step by step through the lesson plan.
The slides include all of the supplemental material maps, diagrams, charts, etc. so that they can easily be shown to students, along with other visuals that may be helpful to illustrate the concept. For activities that students need to complete, the answer keys are provided that allow you to click and have one answer at a time appear. Furthermore, the notes section includes the key teaching points for that part of the lesson. This is in a PowerPoint format which will allow you to make any customizations you want and can easily be uploaded to Google Slides if you do not have Microsoft Office on your computer.
This is a must for any teacher navigating this curriculum!
These lessons are aligned to the following Michigan Social Studies standards:
4 – G1.0.1 Identify questions geographers ask in examining the United States (e.g., Where it is? What is it like there? How is it connected to other places?).
4 – G1.0.2 Use cardinal and intermediate directions to describe the relative location of significant places in the United States.
4 – G1.0.3 Identify and describe the characteristics and purposes (e.g., measure distance, determine relative location, classify a region) of a variety of geographic tools and technologies (e.g., globe, map, satellite image).
4 – G1.0.4 Use geographic tools and technologies, stories, songs, and pictures to answer geographic questions about the United States.
4 – G1.0.5 Use maps to describe elevation, climate, and patterns of population density in the
4 – G2.0.1 Describe ways in which the United States can be divided into different regions (e.g., political regions, economic regions, landform regions, vegetation regions).
4 – G2.0.2 Compare human and physical characteristics of a region to which Michigan belongs (e.g., Great Lakes, Midwest) with those of another region in the United States.
Check out the other Michigan Citizenship Curriculum (MC3) PowerPoints:
Unit 3: Human Geography in the United States