Regions of our Community

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Regions of our Community

  1. 1. Geography 3.3.4 Explain that regions are areas that have similar physical and cultural characteristics. Identify Indiana and the local community as part of a specific region.
  2. 2. Links to Websites and Lesson Plan  http://www.doe.in.gov  http://www.dembsky.net/regions/
  3. 3. Definitions  Region- an area or division; part of a country or the world having definable characteristics but not always fixed boundaries.  Characteristics- a feature or quality belonging to a person, place, or thing.  Community- a group of people living together in one place.
  4. 4. Background Information  Before students were presented with this information, they would have to know the difference between the states in the U.S.  They would have to realize some places in the U.S. look alike and different. QuickTime™ and aTIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture. QuickTime™ and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture.
  5. 5. Indicator Activity “Regions of our Community”  Students will discuss the region(s) of their community as a whole group. Be sure to inform students of what a region is--an area made up of places that have features in common.  Ask students to think about the regions in their own community. Do they look alike? Be sure to record their ideas on the board.
  6. 6. Indicator Activity “Regions of our Community”  Be sure to discuss the characteristics of each region the students named, and encourage them to think about their similarities.  Show students the map of the United States. Point out several of the regions on the map.  Inform the students that a single place can belong to several different regions at once.
  7. 7. Indicator Activity “Regions of our Community”  Point out the state of Indiana on the map. Let the students know that Indiana belongs to the Midwest region, but it is also sometimes called part of the Central States region. It also belongs to the Great Lakes region because it touches Lake Michigan.  Pass out a copy of the United States region(s) map, “So Many Regions”
  8. 8. Indicator Activity “Regions of our Community”  Begin the worksheet. Have the students color the state of Indiana so it stands out. Ask the students how many regions Indiana belongs to? What are the regions called or named? QuickTime™ and aTIFF (Uncompressed) decompressorare needed to see this picture. QuickTime™ and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture.
  9. 9. Indicator Activity “Regions of our Community”  Pass out a “Regions” graphic organizer. Fill out the graphic organizer as a group. Ask the students questions such as, “What region do mountains belong to?” or “What regions touch oceans?” QuickTime™ and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture. QuickTime™ and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture.
  10. 10. United States Regions  http://www.dembsky.net/regions/  This particular website focuses on the individual states in the U.S. and divides them up into their region. The website includes: – The 50 states – State capital – Information about the state; state bird, flower, flag – Facts about each state – State trivia – National landmarks – State games and quizzes
  11. 11. Resources  http://www.googleimages.com  http://www.doe.in.gov  http://www.dembsky.net/regions/

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