Lesson 8: Relationships Among the States

Getting Started

Think about how your life is impacted by U.S. regions other than the one in which you live. To find out, you only have to take a trip to the grocery store or talk to people who are new to your state. There are many relationships among different regions of the United States. Transportation advancements have made the distances among states smaller, and technology has made us more connected.

Our American ideals also tie us all together. We may be Texans, North Carolinians, Alaskans, or Californians, but we are all Americans. Being an American comes with responsibility, and it is important to know as much as you can about your country.

Stuff You Need

  • construction paper* (Activity 2 - Option 2)
  • glue* (Activity 2 - Option 2)
  • magazines or catalogs* (Activity 2 - Option 2)
  • scissors* (Activity 2 - Option 2)

* - denotes an optional material that may or may not be needed

Ideas to Think About

  • What relationships exist among the regions found in the United States?
  • How are Americans across the country similar and different?

Things to Know

  • Food products are transported from region to region.
  • Americans have special symbols and holidays that they share.


  • Describe the variety of regions in the United States. (SS)
  • Describe the origins and significance of national celebrations such as Memorial Day and Labor Day. (SS)
  • Explain the meaning of patriotic symbols and landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty and the White House. (SS)
  • Recite and explain the meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance. (SS)

Introducing the Lesson

Discuss the fact that the people who live in America may live in very different environments; however, they are residents of the same country and are all Americans.