The U. S. states can be divided into seven different regions. These regions are based on the location of the states within the U. S. Study the regions, the states in the regions, and the important cities, using these maps.

Warm up: Complete the online puzzle. Put the world back together!

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Name the city. The map on the following link shows the population density of the U. S. by showing the lights of the U. S. at night. Click on the map to get a closer view. The areas of highest density have the largest clusters of light and should be the brightest at the locations of the cities shown above. Use the link to name the cities according to the density of population. Don't peek back at this page! Did you get them right? U. S. At Night (


Copy the questions found below (1-3 and 1-3) in your notebook. Use your desk map to answer the questions. All of the cities in the questions below are on the city map shown above. You need to know how to identify them using longitude and latitude.
Identify the cities found at:
1. 29ºNorth, 98ºWest
2. 41ºNorth, 80ºWest
3. 21ºNorth, 158ºWest .
What are the coordinates of these cities?
1. St. Louis
2. Seattle
3. Los Angeles

How DID they get their names?

Now, search the link below to find out the meaning of Indian names for U. S. cities and locations. What do Poquoson, Rappahannock, Potomac, Currituck, and Accomac mean? Choose another very interesting place name from the U. S. map. Write it, its meaning, AND the state where it's found on your sticky note to post on the "What Do You Think?" poster.
Indian Names For U.S. Cities

States and Regions Review Games: Click on the links to play the games.

#1 Game #1

#2 Game #2

#3 Game #3

#4 Game #4

#5. Game #5

#6 Cities Game

#7 Regions List

#8 Regions Match

#9 Name the states.

#10. EasyRegions Quiz! Good luck on the quiz.
#11. Longer regions quiz
#12. One MORE Quiz! After this one, you'll be an expert!

Locate Some New Cities!

Decide on the best place to locate a city. First, use the physical map and the rainfall map to answer these questions with your group.

1. Where do people usually prefer to live?

2. Why would this answer be helpful in deciding where to locate a city?

3. Choose three places where the most people would probably live, based upon the physical map and the rainfall map.

Use the two maps and the decision making grid. Choose the best spot for a city in the U. S. based upon your analysis of the maps and the grid. Each person in the group should contribute two characteristics for the "best spot" to the group. Then work through the decision making process together, using the grid. decision making worksheet.pdf Mark and label the spot on the group's map. Name your city---don't be silly. Name it after a characteristic of the location.

Compare your choice with the population density map. Did you choose a spot where a city does actually exist? How do you compare to the actual map? Would you have chosen a place that does have a city on the map? How do the actual locations compare to your ideal location? Compare your location to three of the actual locations.

Maps links:

Physical Map of the U. S.


Annual Rainfall Map: Rainfall in Inches


A Trip Around the U. S.A.
Write a story about a trip across the United States. Start in the Northeast region. Travel to ONE city in each region. Use Google to find out ONE fact about each city. Include the fact in your story as you arrive in the city. For example:
Our trip across the United States was exciting. We started out in the Northeast in the city of Boston, Massachusetts. We visited the Paul Revere House while we were in Boston. Paul Revere was a Revolutionary War leader. Then we traveled to the city of (blank) in the Southeast region. We went there to see (blank). And so on! Or you could travel to the Midwest from the Northeast and then travel to the Southeast. You may only travel to a region that TOUCHES the one you are leaving. You must end your trip back in the Northeast region. Maybe you'd like to stop in Pittsburgh to see a STEELERS game! (Just a suggestion!)