West Region

   

Introduction

The West Region is made up of a wondrous display of nature’s beauty, from the mountains to the beaches to the wildlife. This area is also home to the U.S. Mint; the deepest lake in the United States, Crater Lake; Yosemite Falls, which is 13 times higher than Niagara Falls and Hollywood. Eleven states make up the West. Those states are often divided into two smaller regions – the Mountain states, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming, and the Pacific states, Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington. All five of the Pacific states border the Pacific Ocean.  

Task

Students will be paired and create a PowerPoint presentation about a national park in the West region. The PowerPoint should include five slides: facts, tourist information, plant life particular to this park, animals particular to this park and a map, which includes the location of the park.  

Process

1.  Students will complete a National Park Student Activity Sheet for their park.

2.  After the Activity sheet has been completed, the teacher will check it.

3.  Students will be given a template of the five slides for their presentation.

4.  Students will input their information from the Activity Sheet into the appropriate slides, using proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling. The slides should be well-organized, easy to read and interesting to the viewer.   

PowerPoint presentations will be shared with the class and also displayed in the parent waiting area during parent/teacher conferences.  

Resources  

States Kids' Pages

www.state.me.us/sos/kids/links/statelinks.htm

Stately Knowledge

www.ipl.org/div/kidspace/stateknow/

Postcards from America

www.postcardsfrom.com/

Factmonster

www.factmonster.com/states.html

States and Capitals

http://www.50states.com/

www.netstate.com

http://www.geobop.com

eduscapes.com/42explore/50states.htm 

(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

Evaluation

o   Students will be graded on the accuracy of the information on the Student Activity Sheet for their park.

o   Students will be graded on organization, ease of reading and content of their slides.  

o  Students will be given a presentation grade based on group member participation and clarity of information.  

Conclusion

The West region is known for the number of national parks it has and their natural beauty. These parks are in danger due to the increases in population, pollution and lack of respect for their resources. How can your generation help in preserving these parks for generations after you?  

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