Regions of the U.S.Overarching question: What are the five major regions of the United States, and how do the history, geography, and economics of each region affect the others?

Project Instructions:

1. Your team will be responsible for completing the following tasks. Use this page to take notes, identify resources, and stay organized.

CHARACTERISTIC
QUESTION AND NOTES (include citation of where you got your information)
TASK
Location
What is the absolute/relative location of your region? What states are a part of your region? How does your region's location affect the lives of the people living there?


  1. 37 and 50 degres Northand 102 and 130 degres
  2. washington, oregon, montana, idaho, wyoming, california, nevada, utah, and colorado.
  3. people have to adapt to the changing extereme weather.It could be hot in hawaii, snowing in colorado, or pouring rain in washington


4.the southeast is north west of the west
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Landforms/Bodies of Water
What are the landforms/bodies of water that define your region?
How does your region's landforms/bodies of water affect the lives of the people living there?


Landforms
  1. Yellowstone national park in Wyoming
  2. mountains in colorado
  3. Yosemite national park in California
  4. Rocky Mountain national park in Colorado


Bodies of Water

  1. the missiouri river in montana
  2. great salt lake in utah
  3. Columbia river George cuts through the Cascade Mountain Range


How it affects our reigon

  • Iditarod which is racing on dog sleds and saying "mush"
  • sports because of the mountains
  • lots of rich mining
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Climate
What is the climate of your region?
How does your region's climate affect the lives of the people living there?


A climate in my region is mediterranean.It is usually found in between 30 and 40 degrees latitude.The seasons this climate have are summer and winter but summers are longer.the average temperatures in winter are 30 and 65 degrees,and summer temperatures are usually above 50 degrees.

A climate in my region is marine west coast. The climate is located mid latitude between tropical arctic circle. The seasons my climate has are Summer and winter. The temperatures of this climate are usually below 30 degrees in winter, and about 72 degrees in summer.

Another climate my region has is highland.This climate is located in high mountain areas.This climate has no seasons the only seasonal diferance would be at a low elevation at the bottom of a mountain.The temperatures range as you climb the mountain. every 1000 feet in elevation it gets 3 degrees colder so the temperature really depends on elevation.

Another climate my region has is arid.The arid climate is usually located on the 30 degrees line. The seasons my climate has are summer and winter. The temperatures of my climate can reach up to 130 degrees and as low as 30 degrees.

another climate in my region is semiarid.It is always located on the outer edge of arid climate areas.The seasons in this climate are summer and winter.The temperature usually follows the same weather patterns in the surrounding area.

All the crazy climate differences in the west region create lots of jobs.Like in Nevada lots of farmers grow crops because its so dry and they can sell their crops and that creates a job.Also bad things like frostbite could happen and that could affect the people living in cold places.In arid climate areas people only need one wardrobe.And areas with highland climate have to a to adjust different elevations.
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Human Characteristics
What are the human characteristics of your region?
What is population density?
How do your region's population and human characteristics affect the lives of the people living there?
Find/create a map of your location that shows population.

These are the human characteristics of the West region:

  • Lo Lo pass, Montana
  • yellow stone N.P., Wyoming
  • Lead ville, Colorado
  • fruit and salad bowl, California
  • The Columbia river
  • The starting point of the Iditorad
  • the golden gate bridge, in California


the population density of the West region ranges from
less than 10 people to over 250 people per square mile. This affects the lives of the people living there in two ways. In certain states with low population density like:Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, and Nevada. People might be pour and the area might run out of money like some parts of Detroit. In certain states where the population density is high like: Washington, California, and Utah. There is more modern day sights which create tourist attractions.

The people of the West region are affected by the human characteristics in many ways. Including, in yellow stone N.P. When people go there they have to pay money which helps the people who work there pay for there families, but not just that the moeny also helps create better habitats for the wildlife living there already.
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Natural Resources
What are the natural resources found in your region?
How do your region's natural resources affect the lives of the people living there?
Find/create a map of your location that shows the natural resources.

the natuarl resourses in the west include
  • oil
  • major manufacturing and trade centers
  • natural gas
  • coal
  • forest products
  • gold
  • silver
  • uranium
  • other minerals
  • commercial agriculture
  • dairying
  • livestock ranching
  • primarily forestlad
  • limited agricultural activity

the land use and natural resourses affect the lives of the people living there. Because the West has forest products and that means there is more: furniture, paper, and more lumer jacking jobs. Because of gold the West can produce jewlery to sell and that creates jobs. Because the West dosn't have fishing our fish is not fresh and no one can sell the fish the catch to the market, which is one less job.

Economy
What are the goods and services produced and consumed in this region? What are the industries of the region?
How does your region's economy affect the lives of the people living there?
Find/create a map of your location that shows the economic activity of your region.



Points of Interest
What are the major points of interest in your region?
How does your region's points of interest affect the lives of the people living there?
Find/create a map of your location that shows the major points of interest in your region.

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Important People
Who are the important people that come from your region?
How do your region's important people affect the lives of the people living there?
Find/create a map of your location that shows where the different people are from.

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Issues/Concerns
What issues or concerns do the people of your region have?
How do your region's issues/concerns affect the lives of the people living there?
Create a Cause and Effect chart that shows the issues and concerns of your region.

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Other
What other questions does your group have?
How will you document your learning?

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2. Once you have your tasks completed, your team will be responsible for creating a presentation to share your learning. You may choose from the following: powerpoint, PhotoStory3, video, StopMotion video, poster, or any other project approved by your teacher.
3. After all teams have completed their presentations, each person will be responsible for creating a Venn Diagram to compare/contrast your region with the Midwest region.
4. BIG QUESTION essay: How do other regions in the U.S. influence your life here in Michigan?.