Our U.S. Southwest Region lesson plan introduces students to the Southwest region of the United States. The United States is commonly divided into five regions, though some websites may divide the states into four, six, or more geographic regions. It is important for students to become familiar with each region of the country, which will help them when current events are discussed, weather events announced, and more. During this lesson, students are asked to work with a partner to create a poster advertising the Southwestern United States, using the lesson material; they then present their poster to the class, sharpening their public speaking skills. Students are also asked to match terms to their definitions, demonstrating their understanding of the lesson vocabulary.
At the end of the lesson, students will be able to locate the Southwest region of the United States, list the states, and identify important landmarks and characteristics of the region.
Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3, 7 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3, 7 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3, 7