Southwest Region is unique because it is the only place in the United States
where four states meet at a single point, known as the Four Corners. It has
great Spanish influence and ranges with different climates and landforms.
Snowbirds, retired people who spend a portion of their year in a different
location, have influenced the population boom. The Southwest Region is made up
of four large states – Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. It stretches
west from the Gulf Coast of Texas to the Colorado River in Arizona. Mexico
borders the region on the south.
Students have the choice of picking one of the following
tasks to show what they have learned about this region:
that you have been asked by the leaders of one of Arizona’s five water
management areas to design a poster. The poster should remind people of the
importance of conserving water. Draw a poster that shows some of the ways people
can conserve water. Then display your poster in your classroom.
one of the landforms in the Southwest. Then write a poem or song that describes
the land, climate, and resources found there. Share your poem or song with the
3. Make a
poster highlighting ten little known facts about the Southwest.
4. Make a
timeline showing important events in New Mexico’s history.
the important events in Southwest history.
6. Write a
paragraph comparing a state in the Southwest to the state you live in.
should imagine they are living in Texas during the time of Mexican rule.
Research and tell the importance of the Alamo and the battle cry Remember the
about how some houses and yards in Tucson are different from those in other
parts of the United States. Then make a diorama showing what a house and yard in
Tucson might look like. Build your diorama in an empty box turned on its side.
9. Plan a
classroom celebration of a Mexican holiday, such as those celebrated by many
people in the Southwest. First, research a holiday, such as Mexican Independence
Day or Cinco de Mayo. Then, plan the celebration. You may want to make colorful
costumes, prepare traditional Mexican foods, or sing Mexican songs.
a class, students will create a rubric by which these projects will be
will be responsible for choosing a topic, researching it, editing it for errors,
and producing a well-organized, neat finished product within the guidelines
given by the teacher. All projects will be presented to the class in a large
States Kids' Pages
Postcards from America
States and Capitals
(Scroll down and look at the links on this page)
Books and Magazines
Northeast Region, Mystery State Series, The Education Center, TEC3716
|The States and Their Symbols, Hilltop Books, Capstone Press|
will peer grade the finished products using a rubric created by the students
within the class at the beginning of the project.
the studies of the Southwest region students should learn of the historical
importance, increasing population and stressed natural resources of this region.
What resources could be used to handle the increasing water needs of the
Southwest region due to people moving to the area?
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