The geography of the Southwest is unique due to its vast amount of desert, plateaus, and canyons. Very little of the land is useful for farming, but the Central Plains have rich and fertile soil. The major waterways in the Southwest are the Colorado River and the Rio Grande, which forms part of the border between Mexico and the United States. In this activity, students will research the geography of the Southwest and create an informative poster that includes geographical features, facts, and colorful illustrations.
You can find more travel poster templates to add to this assignment to give students a variety of choices for their poster!
Lesson Plan Reference
Grade Level 4-5
Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)
Type of Assignment Individual
Common Core Standards
[ELA-Literacy/W/4/7] Conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.
[ELA-Literacy/RI/4/4] Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.
[ELA-Literacy/RI/4/7] Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.
[ELA-Literacy/RI/4/10] By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 4-5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
Objective: Create a poster highlighting the geographical features of the Southwest.
- Click “Start assignment”.
- Using school resources, conduct research about the geography of the West.
- Create a poster about Southwest geography, including facts and illustrations.
- Save and submit your storyboard.
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