ALEX Learning Activity


From Sea To Shining Sea

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  This learning activity provided by:  
Author: Emily Fogleman
System:Hoover City
School:Brock's Gap Intermediate School
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 1867
From Sea To Shining Sea
Digital Tool/Resource:
From Sea to Shining Sea
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In this activity, students are challenged to identify and locate the major geographical features in the United States. There are 20 questions, and students have 30 seconds to respond to each question. Each question also includes a hint as a scaffold for students who need additional support in locating the feature. 

This activity results from the ALEX Resource Gap Project.

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
Social Studies
SS2010 (2010)
Grade: 5
United States Studies: Beginnings to the Industrial Revolution
1 ) Locate on a map physical features that impacted the exploration and settlement of the Americas, including ocean currents, prevailing winds, large forests, major rivers, and significant mountain ranges.

•  Locating on a map states and capitals east of the Mississippi River
•  Identifying natural harbors in North America
Examples: Mobile, Boston, New York, New Orleans, Savannah (Alabama)

Unpacked Content
Strand: Geography, History
Course Title: United States Studies: Beginnings to the Industrial Revolution
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
  • Discuss the influence that geographic features had on the exploration and settlement of Americas.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • impact
  • exploration
  • settlement
  • prevailing
  • legend (key)
  • physical features
  • cultural features
Students know:
  • How geographic features such as ocean currents, prevailing winds, large forests, major rivers, and significant mountain ranges influenced exploration and settlement of the Americas.
Students are able to:
  • Correctly use maps to identify various physical and cultural features, including natural harbors, states and capitals.
Students understand that:
  • Geographical features influenced the exploration and settlement of the Americas.
Alabama Archives Resources:
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Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
SS.AAS.5.1- Locate the boundaries of the United States on a map of North America; recognize state lines on a map and locate the state of Alabama; identify the location of major rivers, lakes, and mountain ranges, including Mobile Bay, the Mississippi River, the Great Lakes, and the Appalachian and Rocky Mountains.

Learning Objectives:

Students will locate major geographical features on a map of the United States. 

  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  
During/Explore/Explain, After/Explain/Elaborate

This geography interactive can be used during instruction of geographical features for additional practice, or after instruction has occurred to assess students' abilities to locate the geographical features.

The teacher may choose to project the interactive and have students locate features as a whole class for practice, before allowing partner work or independent practice. 

Assessment Strategies:

This interactive can be used as an assessment tool, however, teachers should know that the hints given for each feature may not be desirable for an assessment situation. After practicing this interactive, student skills can also be assessed using a paper version of the US map with features noted, or teachers could have students complete a verbal exam with a partner or teacher using a similar map. 

Advanced Preparation:

Teachers should complete the interactive prior to sharing it with students so that they are knowledgeable of the features that are shown. Individual teachers may choose to teach additional features that are not assessed in the interactive.

Individual students or partner pairs will need an internet connected device to be able to access the interactive. If students do not have devices, the teacher may choose to complete this interactive whole group. 

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