Midwest 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 Midwest region became the place it is today. Along the way we’ll look at the landforms, natural resources, history, and economy of the area to help us understand how the Midwest region became what it is today.

Companion video to  Midwest Region: Today.

Video Length: 32:25 minutes.

Learning Resources with this Video*

Quizzes – PDF & Online

Midwest State Study

Midwest Region – Video Breakdown

Midwest Region – The Economy Cloze Worksheet

Draw A Scene – Midwest Region

Mapping the Midwest Region of the U.S.

Universal Resources

National Standards 

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Topics Covered In This Video

Where is the Midwest?

States and Subregions


Plains, Rivers, Tributaries, Great Lakes

Natural Resources




History of Midwest Transportation

Classroom Ideas 

Midwest Region of the  US: Early Beginnings

Landforms and Bodies of Water

Print out or look at a map of the Midwest.

Identify landforms and bodies of water in the Midwest 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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