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PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THE UNITED STATESImages fromMicrosoft ClipArt Created by Karen Hirschfield
ObjectivesIdentify physical characteristics as features thatare found in nature, either made of land orwater. Identify major types of physical characteristics.Locate physical characteristics on a map of theUnited States.
Microsoft ClipArt Microsoft ClipArtPhysical Characteristics are found in nature.They are not made by humans.Physical characteristics can be made of land, calledlandforms, or are bodies of water.
Connecting Back to What You Already Know Landforms: Bodies of Water: Mountain Ocean Hill Lake Peninsula Pond MountainRange River Sand Dunes Waterfalls Islands Microsoft ClipArt
2 Categories of Physical Characteristics LAND WATER Desert Ocean Valley Lake Mountain Range Plain River System Coastal Plain Gulf Plateau Basin Canyon Microsoft ClipArt
Answering Geographic Questions The 5 major When studying Physical Characteristics themes of it helps us understand the PLACE. geography:1 – Location Remember, PLACE is one of the 5 major2 – Place themes of geography.3 – Human and Environment Interactions We can answer the following questions:4 – Movement What is it like there?5 – Regions What are its physical characteristics?
Literacy Connection: Noticing Physical Characteristics in Song LyricsThis Land Is Your Land America the Beautiful“This land is your land, this land is my “O beautiful for spacious skies, land For amber waves of grain,From California, to the New York Island For purple mountain majestiesFrom the redwood forest, to the gulf Above the fruited plain! stream waters America! America!This land was made for you and me God shed his grace on thee And crown thy good withAs I was walking a ribbon of highway brotherhoodI saw above me an endless skyway From sea to shining sea!”I saw below me a golden valleyThis land was made for you and me!” By: Woody Guthrie By: Katharine Lee Bates
Physical CharacteristicsThe following slides contain physicalcharacteristics that may be new to you.Notice the definition, examples, and photos tounderstand each!Remember: Physical characteristics are not madeby humans, instead they are found in nature!
Mountain RangeDefinition:A row ofconnectedmountainsExamples:AppalachianMountainsRockyMountains All images from Microsoft ClipArt
PlainsPlains Coastal Plains Definition: Low-lying stretch Definition: Low land that of flat or rolling land lies near the ocean Example: The Great Plains Example: The Coastal Plain along the Atlantic Ocean Microsoft ClipArt Microsoft ClipArt
Microsoft ClipArtPlateauDefinition: Flat land with higher elevation than aplainExample: Ozark Plateau
Basin Definition: Low land surrounded by higher land Example: Death ValleyBy Ansel Adams By David Hiser
ValleyDefinition:Low landbetweenhills ormountainsExample: Microsoft ClipArtSanJoaquinValley Microsoft ClipArt
Taken by MariannaBolognesiCanyon Taken by Karen HirschfieldDefinition: A deep, narrow valley with steep sidesExample: The Grand Canyon
Bodies of WaterRiver System Gulf Definition: A river and all the Definition: Part of the ocean that rivers and bodies of water it cuts into a large piece of land connects to Example: The Gulf of Mexico Example: The Mississippi River System Microsoft ClipArtMicrosoft ClipArt
DesertDefinition: A region that gets very little rainExamples: Mojave Desert, Sonoran Desert, Painted Desert Microsoft ClipArt Microsoft ClipArt
Where are some of these physical characteristics located?Death Valley Ozark Plateau Mississippi River System Map courtesy of FreeRoamSoul
Thinking Ahead… Microsoft ClipArtThere are many characteristics of the UnitedStates that ARE made by humans.What can you think of that is made by humans?Are these human characteristics near physicalcharacteristics? Why?
ResourcesAdams, Ansel. “Looking across desert toward mountains, "Death Valley National Monument," California.” 1941. Online image. Flickr. 8 May 2012. <http://www.flickr.com/photos/usnationalarchives/4309054797/>"America the Beautiful." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 05 Aug. 2012. Web. 08 May 2012. <http://en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/America_the_Beautiful>.FreeRoamSoul. “The 50 State Challenge.” October 1, 2009. Online Image. Flickr. 8 May 2012. <http://www.flickr.com/ photos/freeroamsoul/3973489446/in/set-72157623170857124/>Hiser, David. “Rifle, Southeast of the Piceance Basin.” 1972. Online Image. Flickr. 8 May 2012. <http://www.flickr.com/photos /usnationalarchives/3815838332/>MariannaBolognesi. “grand canyon.” August 9, 2009. Online Image. 7 May 2012. <http://www.flickr.com/photos/ mariannabolognesi/3853169156/in/set-72157622040761507>"This Land Is Your Land." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 05 June 2012. Web. 08 May 2012. <http://en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/This_Land_Is_Your_Land>.