Take your students on a tour of the United States as they learn about the geography, natural resources, important landmarks and highlights of history of the United States! This activity will introduce your students to the diverse geography of the United States and includes the train stops at New York, Johnson Space Center, and San Francisco to learn more in-depth topics about certain historical events. Google Slides are included.
Your kids will learn about the geography of the United States as they go on a tour of America. During the tour, they will see images and listen to their tour guide (that’s you) give them an overview of the regions of the United States. Your students will make 3 “stops” during their journey to learn more about history by visiting New York City, Johnson Space Center, and San Francisco.
When you purchase this activity you will receive:
-a PowerPoint presentation to use as your tour of the United States – This 70 page PowerPoint presentation includes information about the 5 largest cities in the United States, the major landmarks of the United States, the major geographic features of the United States, the five different regions of the United States. Beautiful images and maps will build student background knowledge of these important geographic features of the United States.
-A script to read for each of the different images – Your script will include information to read for each of the images as you take your tour of the United States.
-A Travel Journal – Your students will create a travel journal documenting their tour of the United States. It will include maps, summaries, and other important information they have learned about the United States.
-Placards for 3 different tour stops – Content readings and images to create three tour stops which include: New York City, Johnson Space Center, and San Francisco.
–souvenirs for your students to make as processing assignments.
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5th Grade Social Studies TEKS
(1) History. The student understands the reasons for and the role of key people in the European colonization of North America beginning in 1565, the founding of St. Augustine. The student is expected to:
(A) explain when, where, and why groups of people explored, colonized, and settled in the United States, including the search for religious freedom and economic gain;
(4) History. The student understands political, economic, and social changes that occurred in the United States during the 19th century. The student is expected to:
(F) identify the challenges, opportunities, and contributions of people from various American Indian and immigrant groups such as the settlement of the frontier and building of the Transcontinental Railroad.
(6) Geography. The student understands places and regions in the United States. The student is expected to:
(A) describe political and economic regions in the United States that result from patterns of human activity;
(B) describe regions in the United States based on physical characteristics such as landform, climate, and vegetation;
(C) locate on a map important political features such as the five largest cities by population in the United States and the 50 states; and
(D) create a map of important physical features such as the Appalachian Mountains, Great Lakes, Mississippi River, Great Plains, and Rocky Mountains.
(7) Geography. The student understands the location and patterns of settlement and the geographic factors that influence where people live. The student is expected to:
(B) explain the geographic factors that influence patterns of settlement and the distribution of population in the United States; and
(C) analyze the geographic factors that influence the location of the five largest urban areas in the United States and explain their distribution.
(12) Economics. The student understands patterns of work and economic activities in the United States. The student is expected to:
(A) compare how people in different regions of the United States earn a living, past and present;
(B) identify and explain how geographic factors have influenced the location of economic activities in the United States;
(16) Citizenship. The student understands important symbols, customs, celebrations, and landmarks that represent American beliefs and principles that contribute to our national identity. The student is expected to:
(D) explain the significance of important landmarks, including the White House, the Statue of Liberty, and Mount Rushmore.
(22) Science, technology, and society. The student understands the impact of science and technology on society in the United States. The student is expected to:
(A) identify the accomplishments of notable individuals in the fields of science and technology such as … Neil Armstrong;
(B) identify how scientific discoveries, technological innovations, and the rapid growth of technology industries have advanced the economic development of the United States, including the transcontinental railroad and the space program; and
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