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Southeast Region United States

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!

Student Activities for US Regions: Southeast

Essential Questions for The Southeast Region of the United States

  1. Which states are located in the Southeast?
  2. How does its geography and climate affect life in the Southeast?
  3. What is the culture of the Southeast?
  4. Where are some interesting places to visit in the Southeast?
  5. What are the natural resources and products of the Southeast?

Southeast Region of the United States


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.

Natural Resources

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.

Places to Visit

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.

States and capitals of the Southeast



West VirginiaCharleston
North CarolinaRaleigh
South CarolinaColumbia
LouisianaBaton Rouge
ArkansasLittle Rock

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.

How To Use Maps to Facilitate a Discussion on US Regions


Describe the Maps

Introduce the maps to the students first. Describe the map's main features, such as the legend, scale, and compass rose. Describe what each of these components stands for. Teachers can use simple maps at this point and introduce only basic elements to the students depending on the complexity of the discussion and the understanding level of students.


Use Visually Appealing and Simple Maps

Teachers can use maps that have visual elements and symbols which can help the students remember and retain the information. Once the students are clear on how the maps work, they can even draw their own maps and customize the visuals using different resources and platforms.


Talk about Geographic Features

Identify each area's main geographical characteristics, such as rivers, mountain ranges, and waterways. Describe how these characteristics affect each region's climate, economics, and way of life. Teachers can use maps to highlight regions and then explain these features keeping each region under consideration on the map.


Use Games and Interactional Exercises

Encourage the students to annotate maps with capitals, significant cities, and well-known sites. This practical method aids in reiterating their comprehension. Teachers can also prepare small worksheets for students with unlabelled maps and ask the students to label them or use different colors for certain states and regions.


Reflect and Synthesize

Ask the students to reflect on all the information that they have learned so far and take small tests. Encourage the students to actively participate in class and take notes for efficient learning. In order to reinforce the concept, teachers can create connected lesson plans that link several concepts with each other.

Frequently Asked Questions About U.S. Southeast Region

Which states make up the United States Southeast Region?

Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia are among the states that make up the U.S. Southeast Region. Each state is rich in culture and has different aspects to their significance. Some states are famous for their tourist attractions while others are famous for their cultures and traditions.

What are some of the largest cities in the Southeast?

Atlanta (Georgia), Miami (Florida), Charlotte (North Carolina), Nashville (Tennessee), New Orleans (Louisiana), and Richmond (Virginia) are a few of the main cities in the Southeast Region.

Are there any natural disasters that are common in the Southeast region?

Hurricanes may affect the Southeast, particularly along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts. Another issue is tornadoes, especially in areas like Alabama and Mississippi.

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