Students learn about the eight geographical regions of Oregon by watching a video, taking notes, and illustrating a regional map of the state.
This lesson is part of "Great States: Oregon | Unit 2: Map Skills and Oregon’s Geography". This unit includes both an overview of basic map skills and an exploration of some of Oregon’s unique physical features.
4.8: Use geographical tools (e.g., maps, GIS, Google Earth) to identify absolute and relative location and physical characteristics of places in Oregon.
- Video: Great States | Oregon Geography
- An interactive whiteboard, projector, or another type of screen to show videos to the class
- Class set of Oregon Region Map handout
- Class set of Oregon’s Geographical Regions handout
- Colored pencils or thin markers
Distribute the Oregon Region Map handout with the eight regions delineated and labeled. Lead students in labeling the bordering states and the Pacific Ocean.
Ask students to identify the region in which they live and to describe the geography of the region (landscape, climate, significant features). Explain that they will be watching a short video that describes the geography of each of Oregon’s eight geographical regions.
Distribute the Oregon’s Geographical Regions handout and instruct students to take notes on each region as they watch the video.
Play the video, Great States | Oregon Geography [4:13]. You may want to pause in spots or replay once to allow students ample time to take notes.
Have students share information with a partner or review as a whole class to make sure that students complete their graphic organizers. Ask students which regions of Oregon they would most and least like to live in and why.
Then, to complete the lesson, have the students draw an illustration in each of the eight regions that convey information about the geography of the given region.