Region - Midwest

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Region - Midwest

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  1. Midwest … What Comes to Mind?

    Slide 1 - Midwest … What Comes to Mind?

  2. P

    Slide 2 - P

    • 5 Regions of the U.S.
    • Illinois
    • Indiana
    • Iowa
    • Kansas
    • Michigan
    • Minnesota
    • Missouri
    • Nebraska
    • North Dakota
    • Ohio
    • South Dakota
    • Wisconsin
  3. Essential Question(s): What are the geographic characteristics of the Midwest region of the United States?

    Slide 3 - Essential Question(s): What are the geographic characteristics of the Midwest region of the United States?

    • By the end of the lesson, you should be able to describe what makes the Midwest states unique.
    • State Standards:
    • 7.3.9.A-E – Explain the human characteristics of a place including their population, culture, settlement, economy and political features.
    • Lesson Objectives
  4. Physical Geography

    Slide 4 - Physical Geography

    • Flat land with river basins
    • Plains are broad, level stretches of land.
    • Well populated because soil is good for farming and railroads and highways are easily built between towns.
  5. Large cities include Chicago, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Cleveland, Milwaukee, and Detroit

    Slide 5 - Large cities include Chicago, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Cleveland, Milwaukee, and Detroit

    • The region is evenly distributed.
    • Population is dense along the Great Lakes.
    • Population
  6. Great Lakes - Movement

    Slide 6 - Great Lakes - Movement

  7. Dairy Farming in Wisconsin and Minnesota

    Slide 7 - Dairy Farming in Wisconsin and Minnesota

    • Fruit Orchards in Michigan
    • Corn in Indiana, Illinois, and Iowa
    • Manufacturing in urban cities along Great Lakes, like Cleveland, Detroit and Chicago
    • Shipping on the Great Lakes and Mississippi River
    • Economy
  8. The Midwest was considered the “Western Frontier,” hence the name.

    Slide 8 - The Midwest was considered the “Western Frontier,” hence the name.

    • Historically known as the “breadbasket” of the U.S., as this is also an agricultural region.
    • Also known as a manufacturing, blue-collar hub of the U.S. automotive industry
    • Historical Geography of the Midwest
  9. Midwest Culture

    Slide 9 - Midwest Culture

    • Home to various immigrant groups, which causes ethnic, racial, and religious diversity in the cities.
    • Sometimes the Mid-West is known as the “Bible Belt”
    • Cuisine reflects the cultural and physical diversity: Chicago style pizza, Polish bakeries, Wisconsin cheese, and Michigan’s apple cider mills and fruit orchards.
  10. Strip of States through the center of the country

    Slide 10 - Strip of States through the center of the country

    • Includes: Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, & North Dakota.
    • Great Plains
  11. One word: Rural

    Slide 11 - One word: Rural

    • Rural: Living in the country
    • Population of the Great Plains
  12. Wheat 	Corn		Cattle

    Slide 12 - Wheat Corn Cattle

    • Economic Activity of Great Plains
  13. Slide 13

    • Generally the Great Plains are grasslands.
    • This area receives little rainfall (less than 18 in. a year on average).
    • Cold Winters, especially in the northern areas.
    • Some tornados
    • Weather of the Great Plains
  14. Quick Check

    Slide 14 - Quick Check

    • The geographic theme of movement is represented in the Midwest by
    • Business in Chicago
    • Farming in the Plains
    • Shipping on the Great Lakes
  15. Quick Check

    Slide 15 - Quick Check

    • The geographic theme of movement is represented in the Midwest by
    • Business in Chicago
    • Farming in the Plains
    • Shipping on the Great Lakes
  16. Quick Check

    Slide 16 - Quick Check

    • Rural means
    • Living by the lake
    • Living in the country
    • Living in the city
  17. Quick Check

    Slide 17 - Quick Check

    • Rural means
    • Living by the lake
    • Living in the country
    • Living in the city
  18. Essential Question(s): What are the geographic characteristics of the Midwest region of the United States?

    Slide 18 - Essential Question(s): What are the geographic characteristics of the Midwest region of the United States?

    • By the end of the lesson, you should be able to describe what makes the Midwest states unique.
    • State Standards:
    • 7.3.9.A-E – Explain the human characteristics of a place including their population, culture, settlement, economy and political features.
    • Review Objectives
  19. Next Lesson Preview

    Slide 19 - Next Lesson Preview