Midwest Region of the U.S: Today

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Video Storyline:  Let’s take a tour of the Midwest region. We’ll explore many of its larger cities and see some of the features that make them each unique. Then we’ll explore the landmarks of the Midwest, both the natural and the manmade.

Companion video to Midwest Region: Early Beginnings.

 Video Length:  21:04 minutes.

Learning Resources with this Video*

Quiz – PDF

Quiz – Answer Key

Quiz – Online

Midwest Region – City Spotlight

Midwest Region of the U.S. – Video Breakdown

Who’s Who in the Midwest

Say It

Draw A Scene – Midwest Region

Universal Resources

National Standards 

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Topics Covered In This Video

The Midwest in the 21st Century

Cities of the Midwest:






Des Moines


Grand Rapids

Kansas City






St. Louis

Landmarks of the Midwest:

Chimney Rock

Badlands National Park

Cave of the Mounds

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Gateway Arch

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Pro Football Hall of Fame

Mackinac Bridge

Mall of America

The Enchanted Highway

Famous Midwesterners

Classroom Ideas 

Midwest Region of the U.S.

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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