The Fifty States
Age 9-11: Concept 1 - Relationships: Unit 1

Take a trip across the United States. Explore the geography, people, and places that make America a great country. Appreciate the uniqueness and diversity of each region of the United States. Examine the relationships that exist between people and the land in which they live.

This unit can be used independently, but it is designed to be used concurrently with the literature unit Poetry.

Other Items You May Need

The Age 9-11 social studies units utilize a Timeline of American History to enhance your child's understanding of the chronology of American history.
$4.99 #531 Timeline of American History

Prerequisites

  • Able to read and comprehend novels at a late 5th or 6th grade reading level
  • Able to write multiple paragraphs on a topic
  • Usually used by children in fourth or fifth grade

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: States and Capitals (2 Days)
  • Lesson 2: The Northeast
  • Lesson 3: The Southeast
  • Lesson 4: The Midwest
  • Lesson 5: The Southwest
  • Lesson 6: The West
  • Lesson 7: Alaska and Hawaii
  • Lesson 8: Relationships Among the States
  • Lesson 9: People and the Environment
  • Lesson 10: Analyzing State Data
  • Final Project: Region Road Trip (2 Days)

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Identify how energy is passed from one organism to another. (Science)
  • Analyze how people in different parts of the United States earn a living, past and present. (Social Studies)
  • Analyze the consequences of human modification of the environment, past and present. (Social Studies)
  • Compare and contrast the physical and cultural characteristics of regions within the United States. (Social Studies)
  • Describe a variety of environments found in the United States. (Social Studies)
  • Describe a variety of regions in the United States. (Social Studies)
  • Describe the absolute and relative location of major landforms, bodies of water, and natural resources in the United States. (Social Studies)
  • Describe the distribution of settlement in the United States. (Social Studies)
  • Describe the origins and significance of national celebrations such as Memorial Day and Labor Day. (Social Studies)
  • Describe the variety of regions in the United States. (Social Studies)
  • Describe ways people have adapted to and modified their environment in the United States, past and present. (Social Studies)
  • Evaluate the effects of supply and demand on business, industry, and agriculture. (Social Studies)
  • Explain how and why population distribution differs within the United States. (Social Studies)
  • Explain patterns of settlement at different time periods. (Social Studies)
  • Explain population differences within the United States. (Social Studies)
  • Explain the geographic factors that influence patterns of settlement and the distribution of population. (Social Studies)
  • Explain the meaning of patriotic symbols and landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty and the White House. (Social Studies)
  • Identify clusters of settlement in the United States. (Social Studies)
  • Identify reasons why people have adapted to and modified their environment, past and present, such as the use of natural resources to meet basic needs. (Social Studies)
  • Identify ways people use natural resources to meet their basic needs. (Social Studies)
  • Recite and explain the meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance. (Social Studies)
  • Translate geographic data into a variety of formats such as graphs and maps. (Social Studies)
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