Northeast Region

Map

(click on each state for a link to the state)

Introduction

The Northeast Region of the United States is the oldest region and varies from the largest city (New York City) to the smallest state (Rhode Island). This area is rich with history, culture and economic opportunities. There are eleven states in the Northeast. Of those states, 6 are known together as the New England states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. The other 5 states are known as the Middle Atlantic States: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. The nationís capital, Washington, D.C., is also a part of the Northeast.

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Task

In groups of 3-4 students, you will be learning about regional characteristics such as: location, climate and weather, natural resources, physical land features, history, famous landmarks, food, famous people, economy, inventions, plants, animals and places of interest.

You will be using your research to create a construction paper quilt about the Northeast region. Your quilt will have twelve squares, one square for each of the eleven states and a center square with the name of the region. Each square will measure six by six inches.

Each square should contain individual facts about each state using the regional characteristics from above.  

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Process

The class will be divided into small groups. A group leader will be assigned or chosen by the teacher with input from the group.

In order to complete your quilt square you will need to do the following:

1.    The group leader will be responsible for making sure all states are assigned to members in the group.

2.    Complete the Northeast States Student Activity Sheet for each state.

3.    After the Activity Sheet has been completed, the teacher will check it.

4.    As a group, brainstorm what information should go on each quilt square that will show regional characteristics such as: location, climate and weather, natural resources, physical land features, history, famous landmarks, food, famous people, economy, inventions, plants, animals and places of interest.

5.    Group members need to complete the quilt square for the state that they had researched.

6.    Once quilt squares are complete, the group will assemble the quilt on roll paper. Each group will be present the quilt and display in assigned area.

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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

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Evaluation

o  Students will be graded on the accuracy of the information on the Student Activity Sheet for each state.  

o      Students will be individually graded on neatness and content of each quilt square that they created.  

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

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Conclusion

By learning about the Northeast Region, you should be able to recognize characteristics that are unique to this region. How is the Northeast Region different from the Midwest Region, the one you are most familiar with?

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