Students were given a map of each region which they glued into their social studies notebook. As they watched the video, they labeled the states, major bodies of water, land forms etc. and took notes. After watching the video, they talked in small groups about what they noticed. What did the states in the region have in common? Did they have similar economic, cultural, geographic issues? What might be a symbol that could represent the entire region as a whole?
They could come up with their own symbol, or one as a group, but each drew a sketch in their own social studies notebook.
Once we got through all five regions, they picked their best symbol and transferred it to a 2x2 square, making it as lovely and artistic as possible. We placed each of these symbols on a large map of the US inside the region it was designed for.
With the symbols placed, the kids did a See, Think, Wonder and came up with some synthesizing thoughts.
"Maybe mexican food is a symbol of in the southwest because it is close to Mexico."
"The northeast must depend a lot on seafood."
"Farm symbols come in the midwest. I think this is where we get a lot of our meat."