Physical characteristics of the united states power point
PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THE UNITED STATESImages fromMicrosoft ClipArt Created by Karen Hirschfield
ObjectivesIdentify physical characteristics asfeatures that are found in nature, eithermade of land or water.Identify major types of physicalcharacteristics.Locate physical characteristics on a mapof the United 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 AlreadyKnow Landforms: Bodies of Water: Mountain Ocean Hill Lake Peninsula Pond MountainRange River Sand Dunes Waterfalls Islands Microsoft ClipArt
2 Categories of PhysicalCharacteristics 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 themes of Characteristics it helps us geography: understand the PLACE.1 – Location2 – Place Remember, PLACE is one of the 53 – Human major themes of geography. and Environme nt Interaction We can answer the following s 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 “O beautiful for spacious my land skies,From California, to the New York For amber waves of grain, Island For purple mountainFrom the redwood forest, to the gulf majesties stream waters Above the fruited plain!This land was made for you and me America! America! God shed his grace on theeAs I was walking a ribbon of highway And crown thy good withI saw above me an endless skyway brotherhoodI saw below me a golden valley From sea to shining sea!” By: Woody GuthrieThis land was made for you and By: Katharine Lee Bat
Physical CharacteristicsThe following slides contain physicalcharacteristics that may be new to you.Notice the definition, examples, and photosto understand each!Remember: Physical characteristics are notmade by humans, instead they are found innature!
Mountain RangeDefinition:A row ofconnectedmountainsExamples:AppalachianMountainsRockyMountains All images from Microsoft ClipA
PlainsPlains Coastal Plains Definition: Low-lying Definition: Low land that stretch of flat or rolling lies near the ocean land Example: The Coastal Example: The Great Plain along the Atlantic Plains Ocean Microsoft ClipArt Microsoft ClipArt
Microsoft ClipArtPlateauDefinition: Flat land with higher elevationthan a plainExample: Ozark Plateau
Basin Definition: Low land surrounded by higher land Example: Death ValleyBy Ansel Adams By David Hiser
ValleyDefinition:Low landbetweenhills ormountain Microsoft ClipArtsExample:SanJoaquinValley Microsoft ClipArt
Taken by MariannaBolognesiCanyon Taken by Karen HirschfieldDefinition: A deep, narrow valley with steepsidesExample: The Grand Canyon
Bodies of WaterRiver System Gulf Definition: A river and all the Definition: Part of the ocean rivers and bodies of water it that cuts into a large piece of connects to land Example: The Mississippi Example: The Gulf of Mexico 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
Thinking Ahead… Microsoft ClipArtThere are many characteristics of theUnited States that ARE made by humans.What can you think of that is made byhumans?Are these human characteristics nearphysical characteristics? 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>.