What ocean is off the east coast? Who is our southern neighbor? What are the U.S. territories? Can you draw the Rocky Mountains on a map? In this lesson, students answer these questions and more as they learn the basics of United States geography.


Partner Resources for this Lesson Plan include:

This Land Is Your Land - Middle School - on Nearpod

Citizenship and Participation - Newsela Text Set



Students will be able to... 

  • Label major geographic features of the United States on a map
  • Identify the nations that share a border with the U.S., along with U.S. border states
  • Locate the U.S. capital and the capital of their home state
  • Identify the five U.S. territories


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