Students watch a short video about Iowa’s geography to learn about the different regions of the state, and then assign key words to each geographical region.
This lesson is part of "Great States: Iowa | Unit 1: Introduction & Geography." In this unit, students will be introduced to the history and geography of Iowa. Students examine the societal challenge of balancing competing demands on fragile resources.
G.SS.3.21: Use map evidence to explain how human settlements and movements relate to the locations and use of various regional landforms and natural resources.
G.SS.4.18: Describe how environmental and cultural characteristics influence population distribution in specific places or regions.
- Video: Great States | Iowa Geography
- An interactive whiteboard, projector, or another type of screen to show videos to the class
- Class set of Iowa’s Geographic Regions map
- Image: Iowa Population map
- Distribute the Iowa’s Geographic Regions map and ask students to identify the region in which they live. Then, ask them to share some key words to describe the region geographically (e.g., flat, hilly, swampy, rocky).
- Indicate that they will be watching a short video about Iowa’s geography. As they watch, they should write key words about each region onto the appropriate portion of the map. (For smaller regions, they may need to write the words on the margins of the map.)
Play the video, Great States | Iowa Geography. [4:06]
- After watching, review the regions as a whole class. Ask students to determine which regions would be most and least hospitable to human settlement. Then, project the Iowa Population map and have students compare it to the regional map to assess their predictions.