Regions of the United States

Empowered Learner, Knowledge Constructor
United States


Students learn about the five regions of the United States in fourth grade in Michigan. They are the Northeast, Southwest, West, Southeast, and Midwest. The students learn about the characteristics of the different states that make up these regions. Using Michigan eLibrary and the online Encyclopedia Britannica the students can research and learn about the different regions. 

Students will:

  • Be able to name the states that make up each region. 
  • Be able to identify the characteristics of each region. 

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Region: A region is an area or division, especially a part of a country or the world having definable characteristics but not always fixed boundaries.

To prepare for this lesson:

  • Students will have been introduced to the five regions of the United States. 
  • They will use the Michigan eLibrary and the Encyclopedia Britannica to learn more about each region. 
  • Go to Your school district should be able to log in without a login and password. If asked for one in Michigan, you will be directed to add a State ID, Driver's license or library card. 
  • Next, go to Kids on the main menu and select Britannica School Middle. This will be appropriate for the students for their research. 
  • When searching use the word the in front of the region. For example to search the Midwest type The Midwest
  • Once you have found The Midwest, you will see that there are three different reading levels for the students. The lowest has less text and the highest has more text and information. There are images and related articles too. 
  • The students can listen to the article, print it or email it to themselves. 
  • You can assign articles to the students in Google Classroom or Microsoft Teams. 
  • Make a copy of this worksheet for your students. There are ten questions. You can modify and add additional questions if you wish. 

See Accommodations Page and Charts on the site in the Teacher Resources. 

Directions for this activity:

  1. The teacher will introduce the five regions of the United States. 
  2. The teacher will introduce Michigan eLibrary's Britannica Middle School to the students. 
  3. The teacher will show the students how to use the different features in Britannica Middle School. They will learn how to change the reading level in the articles, how to listen and have the articles read to them, print and/or email the articles. 
  4. The students will use the worksheet provided to research and answer the ten questions on the U.S. regions using Britannica Middle School. 

Different options for assessing the students:

  • Observations
  • Check for understanding
  • The students will complete the worksheet provided in the lesson. 

MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

Empowered Learner
1a. Students articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes.
1c. Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.

Knowledge Constructor
3a. Students plan and employ effective research strategies to locate information and other resources for their intellectual or creative pursuits.

Device: PC, Chromebook, Mac, iPad

Browser: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, ALL

App, Extension, or Add-on:

Michigan eLibrary



Students can write a short paragraph on one or more regions on what they learned about in the Encyclopedia. 

Students can create a map showing the different regions and draw and identify different characteristics of each region. 

Students learn about the different regions. 
Students can use other resources in Michigan eLibrary to learn about the different regions. 
Students can be assigned articles on different regions.

This task card was created by Melissa White, 21 Things Project Manager, November 2021,