Learning Objectives

  • Be able to fluently use these terms: climate, regions, relative location, human and physical characteristics.
  • Describe ways in which the United States can be divided into different regions.


In class, we learned that a region is an area with at least one characteristic or feature that sets it apart from other areas. Geographers says these common characteristics or features help "bind regions together," or unite them. Regions make it easier for us to study large places like the world, continents and countries by dividing areas based on many different natural characteristics such as landforms or climate. Regions can also be based on cultural characteristics like the kinds of work people do.

Because the United States is such a big country, it would be very difficult to study the country one state at a time. Geographers have made it easier for us to study our country by dividing the country into regions.


Watch the video below to learn all about types of regions we have in the United States.

After you have watched the video, visit this website to explore the landform regions in the United States. Answer the quiz questions, and check your answers with the link at the bottom on the webpage. Then, visit this website to explore various regions we group the United States in! Answer the quiz questions for this page as well, and check your answers.


The United States has many unique regions that don't fit any of the categorizations we've learned about. In class, you are going to work together with a partner to complete the "Mystery Regions" activity. You will be examining different highlighted regions and matching them with their appropriate titles and descriptions. Be ready to think about and discuss why there are so many different ways in which people have divided the United States into regions.