Students watch a short video about the geographical regions of North Dakota. Students learn the different characteristics of each region and use the information to make advertisements about each region.
This lesson is part of Great States | North Dakota Unit 2: Geography & Climate, an exploration of how physical geography impacts human life and how human life impacts physical geography.
4.3.2: Identify ways that natural resources (e.g., soil, minerals, trees, fish, people) contribute to the economy of the local community and North Dakota.
4.5.3: Identify the location and characteristics of significant features of North Dakota (e.g., landforms, river systems, climate, regions, major cities)
8.5.1: Describe the location and characteristics of the three regions of North Dakota including the Red River Valley, the Drift Prairie, and the Missouri Plateau.
- Video: Great States | North Dakota Geography
- An interactive whiteboard, projector, or other screen to show videos to class
- Class set of the Regions of North Dakota map handout
- Pens or pencils
- Notebooks or loose-leaf paper
- Distribute the map of North Dakota in which the three main geographical regions are clearly delineated. Indicate that students will be watching a short video about the geography of North Dakota that will give them information about each of these regions. They should take notes about the region directly on the map paper as they watch and listen.
- Show the video, Great States | North Dakota Geography [3:43].
You may want to pause as narration about each region is completed to make sure students have the appropriate information.
- Tell students they will be writing 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 on-line outlets. Give students 10 minutes to complete the advertisement.