Exploring the Northeast Region

Contributor: Ryann Maginn. Lesson ID: 12355

The United States is certainly a diverse country! You can go from sandy beach to rocky coast to mountains to rivers in a short time! Come tour the historic Northeast Region without leaving your seat!


United States

learning style
personality style
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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Test your knowledge about the area pictured above, then read on to learn more!

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Were you able to correctly identify the region in the opening section?

If you weren’t able to pinpoint the correct answer, let’s fill you in. The picture is showing the Northeast Region of the United States. This region contains the following states:

  1. Maine
  2. Vermont
  3. New York
  4. New Hampshire
  5. Massachusetts
  6. Connecticut
  7. Rhode Island
  8. Pennsylvania
  9. New Jersey
  10. Delaware
  11. Maryland

Bordering this large area to the north is Canada, to the west is the Midwest region, below is the Southern region, and finally to the east is the Atlantic Ocean.

There are many amazing landforms that make up this particular region, including mountains, rivers, grasslands, beaches, and waterfalls. This area seems to have it all! Continue reading to learn about these important landforms and how the environment affects the Northeast population.

Major landforms

Appalachian Mountains

Located in most of the NE (the abbreviation for Northeast) region, beginning in Canada and continuing through Alabama

Appalachian Mountains


Mountains located in northern New York


White Mountains

Located in New Hampshire

White Mountains

Green Mountains

Mountain range in Vermont


Niagara Falls

Waterfall located in New York

Niagara Falls

5 major rivers flowing into the Atlantic Ocean

Delaware River, Hudson River, Connecticut River, Kennebec River, Susquehanna River (the image below is the Hudson River in New York)

Hudson River

Ohio River

Major river beginning in the Allegheny Plateau, travels through Pennsylvania and moves through the Midwest to the Mississippi River

Ohio River

Plateau a large flat area of land that is higher than other areas of land that surround it



The NE region has a diverse climate range because of the varied environmental characteristics.

  • If you are in northern New York, you may experience heavy snowfall in the wintertime.
  • However, if you are in the southern portion of the region, you may only experience small amounts of snow.
  • In the summer, the zone that lies in the northern portion of the Appalachian Mountains and coastal area will experience warm, humid summers with cold and snowy winters and frequent storms.
  • Sections below this can expect to have hot, humid summers with only moderately cold and snowy winters.
  • In general, people in this region can witness extreme weather, such as ice storms, floods, droughts, heat waves, and even hurricanes.

Want to learn more about the Northeast Region?

  1. Visit this website, Northeast, from the University of Wisconsin System, to learn the history of this fascinating area.
  2. In addition, you can learn about the animals of the Northeast by clicking "Animals of the NE Region."
  3. You can find fun recipes that are popular in this zone under "Recipes of the Northeast Region" on the left-hand side of the page.
  4. Watch a number of videos on the website for even more interesting facts, such as "Northeast Region Video Introduction" or "Northeast Region Podcast."

Now that you have a better understanding of the different environments in the Northeast region, consider where you might want to live in this section of the country.

  • Would you prefer the mountains or maybe the beach? Share with your parents or teachers and consider the type of clothing you would require given the location and its environment.

Once you have shared your opinions, move on to the Got It? section to test your knowledge about the Northeast.

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