The five regions of the United States all have many things about them that make them unique. The Southeast region, which includes 12 states, has a rich culture, an exceptional climate, and is certainly a hot spot for tourists. The Southeast is the home of the blues, delicious food, and, of course, Disney World! Hop aboard as we take a tour of the Southeast and learn all about what makes it such a wonderful place to live and visit!
The Southeast is unique because it has two very different types of landforms: highlands and lowlands. The states in the northern part of the region have hills and mountains, plateaus, and valleys, whereas the states in the southern part of the region have beaches, wetlands, and swamps. The Southeast also has two coasts: one along the Atlantic Ocean and the other along the Gulf of Mexico. Additionally, many rivers flow through the Southeast, including the Mississippi River, which is the second longest river in North America.
The climate of the Southeast is tropical. This means that the summers are hot and humid and there is a short, mild winter. There is a lot of rain throughout the year, and this area is known for its tropical storms and hurricanes. The highland areas are known for storms and tornadoes. The Southeast is close to the equator, which is why it is so often warm and sunny.
A natural resource is something that occurs in nature and is used to make products that contribute to a region’s economy. Because of its geographical location and long growing season, the Southeast is rich in natural resources such as rice, cotton, citrus, sugar cane, tobacco, and peanuts. The Southeast also gets its oil and natural gas from the Gulf Coast, and coal and other minerals from the Appalachian Mountains.
The Southeast is known for being the birthplace of some incredible music such as bluegrass, the blues, rock ‘n’ roll, jazz, and country. There are also many fun water activities such as boating, swimming, and fishing, and people celebrate yearly events such as the NASCAR races and Mardi Gras. The food in the Southeast is quite a draw for many visitors and locals. The South is known for its barbecue cuisine, fried chicken, collard greens, and sweet tea. Cajun food, which is usually spicy, is also very popular in the Southeast.
The Southeast is an extremely popular tourist destination, and not just because of Disney World! Florida is also the home of the Kennedy Space Center, the historic town of St. Augustine, and the amazing Everglades. Georgia is the home of the Coca-Cola Museum and the famous Georgia Aquarium. Music lovers travel from all over to visit Nashville and Memphis, the homes of country music, rock ‘n’ roll, and the blues. Of course, the beaches in the Southeast are some of the most beautiful in the country.
Our country is filled with diverse culture, land, attractions, and so much more. The regions of our country are all different in so many ways, and it is important for students to understand how and why. While studying the Southeast region, students will show what they have learned through posters, spider maps, and other creative graphic organizers. The combined use of illustrations and words allows students with different learning styles to showcase their work in unique ways. Teachers may use the provided templates, or encourage students to start from scratch, allowing for more of a challenge and differentiated approach. Teachers may also assign an extension activity where the students write a report or create a powerpoint of all their storyboards to share.