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Hi,
I'm moving form third grade to fourth.
I'd love to know other teachers' opinions about an
updated resource for teaching the regions of the U.S.
I've seen a little online from TCI, Soc. St. Weekly, and Time 4 Kids (supplement).
What do you like to use? Is there an online, interactive resource that you think I should look into?
(Big States Fair is a June tradition here)

Communication - Has anybody used Bloomz or another application to communicate with parents across platforms?

Thanks in advance for any advice!


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http://regions.mrdonn.org/usa.html
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Thank you, 1956BD! I'll check out the link.
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National Geographic Publishers has a great set of books for U.S. regions. They can be purchased in six-packs.

Each of the five regions has three (maybe four) six-packs for each region...one book on geography/customs/culture, one book on local highlights like favorite tourist attractions/famous historical sites/something unique to the region like a cranberry bog or old-fashioned diner, and one book on the history of the region. (I cannot remember if there is a fourth book or what it might be about.)

I found the first two books I mentioned to be very wonderful, but thought the history book was just not of interest to my students. I felt I could better teach a brief history by making a timeline and discussing a few of the important events.

Another thing you should do is research famous people who were born in each region. Read aloud picture book biographies about these individuals. I found many of these picture book biographies in my school library. My students loved finding out how the lives of famous people from long ago and today are so much like their own.

There are also great picture books about regions. I am attaching a list of books I either read to students or put in baskets so they could be enjoyed during independent reading/free time.

I notice on the list I am attaching that the tall tale books are not categorized by region.

It is also fun to have a food day for each region. Sometimes I made a few items, but at other times I had my room parents make a few items. The other thing you could do is find a few recipes (try them first at your home) and share them with students. Then their families can try them.

I also found a really good black and white map of the United States. I made five maps (one for each region) by cutting apart of U.S. map. Then I used the school's copier to increase in size of that particular region onto 11 inch by 17 inch paper for each child. I added stars where students would write capital cities, large dots for important cites, symbols for mountains, bodies of water, etc. I made a list at the bottom of the large map with things students needed to label on the map and also a map key. Students wrote the names of cities and bodies of water like the Great Lakes and oceans, traced the borders of the states in different colors using colored pencils (but did not color the whole state...just traced the borders), and colored other physical feathers like the mountains, bodies of water etc.

You could also make an "I Have, Who Has" game for each region.
I have New York City. Who has the capital of our country?
I have Washington, D. C. Who has the name of the mountains found in the Northeast region?
I have the Appalachian Mountains. Who has the city where the Statue of Liberty stands in the harbor.
I have New York City.
You would need to have enough cards for the whole class. Maybe someone has already done something like this on Teacher Pay Teachers or other website.
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File Type: doc Bibliography of Region Books.doc (33.5 KB, 15 views)

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Here is a list of books I used when teaching Washington, D. C. and government.

The first Social Studies unit I did every year was a review of general map skills (continents, oceans, map key, etc.). Within each region, I also did the map skill activity listed in the above post.

The second unit I did before beginning regions was Washington, D. C. and government.


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Awesome Lists ConnieW
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Thank you for sharing. I will pass them on to my friends who are still teaching.
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Thank you so much!
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WOW, ConnieWI thanks so much for sharing both resources lists and information about materials
that you've used in your classroom. The lists will help me zero-in on classroom (or Extreme Reading) books. I'll definitely look at the National Geographic sets of books. I appreciate the doable suggestions for the map and the "I Have, Who Has" game. Such a help as I plan for the transition.!
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Thanks, again 1956BD, I've visited the site that you sent the link for, and am still exploring it!
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My district has online access to TCi to teach the regions. It's kind of boring to be honest. No videos. They do a cute "Tour of the Southeast" etc. that has a narrator but it's just slides. I supplement with Youtube videos.

The source of much of our regions is teacherspayteachers! My district purchased a bundle of units from Jill Russ and they have the assessments included. It's called "Regions of the United States: 5 Complete Units with Informational Text & More".
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Jill Russ has a great resource on Teachers Pay Teachers that covers the regions.


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Is amazing!!! I loved it but I'm not allowed to use it this year.
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dianemcq,
Thanks for the helpful information about TCI and YouTube.
I'll check-out Jull Russ on TPT.
I appreciate your reply!
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Hi tchis4me,

Thanks for you reply. I'll definitely look at TPT. Recently, I was able to order a few
supplemental materials, too.
Have a great school year!
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Hi kidsrme11,
I'm glad to hear that you like Bloomz, sorry that you can't use it this year.
I have my class info. entered & have done a couple of trial posts across platforms.
Had a hiccup w. iPhone, but that seems to have resolved. I'm hoping that my
parent community will take to it.
Thanks for your reply!
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I moved from 3rd(after 13 years) to 4th 10 years ago and LOVE it because they are more independent and out of the box thinkers! Have a great year!
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Hi tchis4me,
Thanks for the encouraging words! We resume
classes Wednesday, and I'm looking forward to
seeing my students. It will be exciting seeing
the growth you mentioned, especially since this
will be my first experience looping with a class
Lots of new curriculum to teach!
I hope you have a wonderful year!
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