United States Territories

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The lesson introduces students to the United States Territories.  Students may be familiar with one or more of the U.S. Territories but may not have much knowledge of the region, people, attractions, and other information about the area.  This is one lesson in a series of lessons related to various regions of the world, countries, and continents, when students can “travel” around the world learning about other cultures and peoples.  It is recommended students view one or more videos to enhance their “trips” to the United States Territories.

United States Territories Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about United States Territories
  • Hands-on homework activities
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 3-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

The lesson introduces students to the territories belonging to the United States. The lesson explains what exactly a territory is, and then describes the criteria for the two different types. Information is listed for each of the five US territories, including the capital city and territory flag. Finally, attractions like Blackbeard’s Castle are discussed to wrap up the lesson. This is one lesson in a series of lessons related to each of the seven continents, when students can “travel” around the world learning about other cultures and peoples. It is recommended students view one or more videos to enhance their “trips” to the continent.

Classroom Procedure:

  1. Ask students: What is a territory of the United States?  What is the difference between a state and a territory?
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. Ask students:  What are some territories from the past that existed in the United States?  What are some United States territories of today?
  3. Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce United States Territories.
  4. Distribute United States Territories content pages.  Use a world map to identify and locate the territories of the United States.  Read and review the information with the students.  Save the final question for the lesson closing.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  5. Dstribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions.  Place students in five groups assigning each group one inhabited territory.  Allow access to the Internet and distribute supplies, giving students sufficient time to complete the poster and booklet.
  6. Once completed, the students will present the poster and booklet to the class convincing their peers to choose their territory to live and/or visit.
  7. After the presentations, all students vote for the place they will live based on the presentations, though not permitted to vote for their own territory. Announce the results.
  8. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.  Students correct false statements.
  9. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.  Students share the territory where they would live and tell why.
  10. In closing, ask students: Many of the territories of the United States are uninhabited islands. What would you like least and most about living on an island all alone?  Why?

Common Core State Standards: 

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3, 7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3, 7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3, 7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.3, 7

Class Sessions (45 minutes): at least 3 class sessions

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Additional information

Grade Level

3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Social Studies

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