Lesson Plan

Road Trip of the Regions

Are your students ready for a virtual road trip? In this lesson, your students will learn more about clusters of states called regions and explore the unique characteristics of the states within each region!
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to use the directions to describe the positions of various regions in the United States. Students will be able identify unique characteristics of that region. Students will be able to construct written descriptions about regions in the United States.


(5 minutes)
  • Review the basic directions of north, south, east, and west by playing a ball toss game.
  • Display an enlarged map of the United States.
  • Challenge the students to gently toss a small bean bag or cloth ball to touch one of the states on the map.
  • Invite the other students to name the position or direction of the state (north, south, east, or west).
  • Tell the students that they will be going on a “road trip” of the United States and learning more about the regions or clusters of states within the United States.