Students will receive a map of the three main geographical regions of Minnesota (Western Prairie, Deciduous Forests, North Woods) and take notes about them while watching a Minnesota geography video. They will choose one of the three regions and create an advertisement attracting tourists to the region.
This lesson is part of "Great States: Minnesota | Unit 1: Minnesota’s Three Geographical Regions" where students will look at what makes Minnesota special. Students will study Minnesota’s unique geographical features and how they have changed over time.
188.8.131.52.1: Locate and identify the physical and human characteristics of places in the United States, and also Canada or Mexico.
- Class set of Geographical Regions of Minnesota Map handout
- Video: Great States | Minnesota Geography
- An interactive whiteboard, projector, or another type of screen to show videos to the class
- Construction paper
- Markers, crayons, or colored pencils
- Distribute the Geographical Regions of Minnesota Map in which the three main geographical regions (Western Prairie, Deciduous Forests, North Woods) are clearly delineated. Indicate that students will be watching a short video about the geography of Minnesota that will give them information about each of these regions. They should take notes about the region directly on the map handout as they watch and listen.
- Play the video, Great States: Minnesota Geography [3:21] as students take notes.
You may want to pause as narration about each region is completed to make sure students have the appropriate information. Note: The video refers to the Deciduous Forests region as the Southeast. While the majority lie in the Southeast, the forests spread north as well.
- Distribute construction paper and coloring materials and tell students they will be creating advertisements to attract tourists to visit one of the three regions. This may be done as an individual or group activity. The advertisements can be for print, radio, television, or online outlets.