3. Student Learning Map

  • Topic:The Midwest
  • Subject(s):Social Studies
  • Days:25
  • Grade(s):4
Key Learning:

The regions of the United States are interdependent, but the Midwest has unique topography, natural resources, economy, and culture.

Unit Essential Question(s):
 
 

How does the Midwest support other regions of the United States?

What are the unique characteristics of the Midwest?

   
Concept:

Land and resources of the Midwest

Concept: People of the Midwest
Concept: Interdependence of the Regions
Lesson Essential Question(s):

How do available natural resources impact the economy of the Midwest?

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How do geographical features of the Midwest impact their economy?

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Lesson Essential Question(s):

How do natural resources and geographical features of the Midwest impact lifestyles?

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How do lifestyles differ in urban, suburban, and rural areas of the Midwest?

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Lesson Essential Question(s):

How does the Midwest support the economies of the other regions of the United States?

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Vocabulary:

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Vocabulary Report

  • Waterway -

    a system of rivers, lakes, and canals, through which ships travel

  • Irrigation -

    the process of bringing water to crops

  • Crop Rotation -

    the planting of different crops in different years

  • Prairie -

    an area where grass grows well, but trees are rare

  • Badlands -

    a region of dry hills and sharpe cliffs

  • Interstate -

    a system of interconnected highways in the U.S.

  • Drought -

    a long period with little or no rain

  • Canal -

    a waterway that has been dug across land for ships to travel through

  • Lock -

    a gated part of a canal or river used to raise and lower water levels

  • Barge -

    a flat-bottomed boat that carries goods through lakes and rivers