This is a coordinating activity with the Physical Characteristics Lesson Plan 1 (4th grade) available for download. This is the first activity which includes listening to the original song written by Woody Guthrie on Youtube and highlighting the words in the lyrics that suggest physical characteristics or land forms for the United States.
The lesson goes on to explore five different centers which highlight an important physical characteristic, for example desert, caves, canyons, forests etc.
This was a very popular lesson! I brought in various natural materials and also had available several different non-fiction and fiction books at each center. These two lessons can stretch out for 3-5 days.
Both Lesson 1 and Lesson 2 Physical Characteristics are available for download, as well as the Travel Journal and the Final Assessment.