Southwest Region of the US: Early Beginnings - Closed Captioned

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Video Storyline: Let’s take a trip back in time to learn how the Southwest region came into being. We’ll look at the landforms, geography, natural resources, climate, history, and economy of the area. Students will gain an understanding of how the region became the place it is today.

Companion video to Southwest Region: Today

 Video Length: 34:20 minutes

Learning Resources with this Video*


Southwest State Study

Southwest Region – Video Breakdown

Draw A Scene – Southwest Region

Mapping the Southwest Region of the U.S.

Universal Resources

National Standards 

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Topics Covered In This Video

States of the Southwest



Natural Resources



Classroom Ideas 

Southwest Region of the  US: Early Beginnings

Landforms and Bodies of Water

Print out or look at a map of the Southwest.

Identify landforms and bodies of water in the Southwest Region.


Cloze Practice

A cloze piece has full sentences used in the virtual field trip with blanks where students can write in the information that is missing. This task requires close listening to the trip in order to complete it.


Art and Social Studies

Draw a scene from the video you just watched.


Create Quizzes

Students create a quiz based on the information presented for their peers. This can be used as a review for a test, or Jigsaw class activity where students are responsible for teaching other students assigned topics.


Visual Learning

Offer videos to struggling learners as another form of creating knowledge and accessing information.


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