We learned about the Northeast region of the United States during the 3rd and 4th week of our geography class.
Introducing the Northeast Region of the United States
I realized that my young students (K-2nd) didn’t really know what the 5 regions were, so I made a song to the tune of “I’m a Little Teapot” to help them remember.
After we sang the song several times, I had them guess which region we would be learning about next.
Before class I filled a small drawstring bag with some artifacts, postcards and flashcards of the region. Each child got to reach in the bag and pull an item. We then discussed why I put that item in there and how it fit in with the region.
We read Night of the Moonjellies since it took place in Connecticut. I made each student their own “moonjellies” bottle and they loved it! You can see how I made the moonjelly sensory bottles here.
Northeast map work:
Since my group is young (K-2nd) this week we played a game in order to learn where the states are located. I pulled the (afflink) Northeast state flashcards from the deck of cards and put them in a bag. A student would pull the card out, try to guess the state by looking at it, then flip the card over and read which state it was and the capital. Then each student would locate that state on their printable map and color it.
We then read about some of the attractions, landmarks, animals, climate and landforms.
(The printables are from this U.S. Regions unit at Teachers Pay Teachers)
I like to incorporate active ways to learn, so we went on a “hike” to look for landforms. We learned that the Northeast region has rivers, coastlines and mountains (Appalachian.) We found a river (so it really was a creek), climbed a mountain (small hill) and traversed over a rocky coastline 🙂 It was fun to use our imaginations and stretch our legs at the same time!