U.S. History

Have students trace the history of regions in the United States. What regions existed in 1700, 1750, 1800, 1850, 1900, and 1950? Divide students into "century groups"; for example, 1700, 1800, and so on. Which regions in each century group still exist today? Why or why not? Have each group research why regional boundaries did or did not change and then present its findings to the class.

Picture of an airplane wing.

Trip Talks

Anytime a student returns from travels with his or her family, have the student present to the class about the state, region, or country and its people by showing pictures, maps, and artifacts.

Track the Weather

Have students keep track of the weather and discuss patterns on weather maps. Have them predict what the weather will be in one day, two days, or a week. Have students check and discuss their predictions.

Play the Latitute and Longitude Game

Give students a list of geographic coordinates and have them use paper maps, globes, or online maps with latitude and longitude to find the country or location of the geographic coordinates. Or, have students make their best guesses and use the maps afterwards to see which guesses are closest.

Play a Game

Have your students discover their own global network by completing the Global Closet Calculator—a two-part interactive game that introduces the concepts of interdependence and globalization.

Research a Region

Have students study a new region each week for five weeks. Research the climate, landforms, population, cultural groups, and interesting places from that region.