Switch It Up! Scrambling States to Practice U.S. Geography and Identify Climates

GeoLiteracy
GeoSTEM
Lesson Plan Content
Description: 
The United States encompasses a vast territory with different characteristics. Students need to recognize that their state’s physical features do not necessarily mirror other states’ physical features. In this lesson students will use 1) political maps to give directions utilizing a compass rose and to determine distance by using a scale and use 2) physical maps to complete a chart of geographical information relating to climate. This data can then be used to compare states.
Author: 
Brean Marinaccio
Grade Range: 
4
Duration: 
2 class periods
Lesson Materials
Teacher Instructions: 
Standards
Arizona Geography Concepts: 
1: The World in Spatial Terms
5: Environment and Society
National Geography Standards: 
1: How to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information
3: How to analyze the spatial organization of people places, and environments on Earth's surface
15: How physical systems affect human systems
16: The changes that occur in the meaning, use, distribution, and importance of resources