Studying the Southeast Region

Contributor: Ryann Maginn. Lesson ID: 12356

What is your area known for? Does being known for a "Dismal Swamp" sound good? The Southeast Region of the US has more to offer, like unique fun spots, so learn what kind of "belt" the country wears!


United States

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

Lesson Plan - Get It!

  • Which region contains the most well-known swamp area, Okefenokee Swamp?
  • Does a swamp sound like a cool place to visit?
  • Were you able to answer the previous question?

If you live in this region, you may know.

The Okefenokee Swamp is located in the Southeast Region, specifically in Florida and Georgia. It is the most well-known and largest “black water” swamp in North America. Black water means that the swamp is deep, slow-moving, and is dark in color from decaying vegetation.

Swamps aren’t the only landform found in this region. The Southeast also features mountains, beaches, islands, lakes, rivers, and everglades. The range of landforms found within the SE makes for unique environments for those living in this portion of the country.

The SE Region is comprised of 12 states:

  1. West Virginia
  2. Virginia
  3. Kentucky
  4. Tennessee
  5. North Carolina
  6. South Carolina
  7. Georgia
  8. Alabama
  9. Mississippi
  10. Arkansas
  11. Louisiana
  12. Florida

Among these states, you will find an assortment of many well-known landforms. Continue reading to find out which landforms are located in each state and how the environment affects those living there.

  • Landforms
    • The Atlantic Coastal Plain
      • You can find this landform in South Carolina, Florida, and Georgia. It is made up of beaches, swamps, and forests.

Atlantic Coast

  • Appalachian Mountain System
    • This mountainous landform can be found in more than one region. It begins in Canada and moves south into central Alabama. It makes a natural barrier between the Coastal Plain and Lowlands.

Appalachian Mountains

  • Blue Ridge Mountains
    • This mountain range can also be found in more than one region because it begins in Pennsylvania and ends in Georgia. They are most famous for the appearance of their blue-colored mountains that can be seen from a distance.

Blue Ridge Mountains

  • Gulf of Mexico
    • This unique formation extends from the Florida Keys all the way to the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. This shore line is up to 4,000 miles long.

Gulf of Mexico

  • Great Dismal Swamp
    • Stretching across the Coastal Plain of Virginia into North Carolina, this is a heavily-forested, marshy area that reaches elevations of 10 to 20 feet above sea level.

Great Dismal Swamp
Image courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Publc Domain

  • Everglades
    • Located in southern Florida, this landform is composed of coastal mangroves, marshes, and pine flatwoods. It is home to a number of endangered species such as the Florida panther.


  • Florida Keys
    • This chain of islands is located about 15 miles south of Miami, Florida. In total, there are about 800 keys, with Key Largo being the longest.

Florida Keys

Visit these websites to learn more facts about each of these exciting and captivating places within the SE Region. Take notes as you visit each website. Note 1-2 interesting facts you may find from each site. You may type or handwrite your notes. Share what you learn with your parent or teacher:


The SE Region is known for its subtropical climate. With this type of environment, people living in this region experience very hot and humid summers. During the summer and fall seasons, hurricanes are common annual occurrences. However, winter time in this region provides favorable, mild temperatures. In the northern states of the SE, some snow and freezing temperatures may occur. Thankfully, winter does not last long for people in this region.

Watch this video, Weather and Climate, for more information about the climate in the SE region:

  • Have you ever been to any of these landforms in the SE region?
  • If you could visit any of these locations, which one would you prefer? Share your thoughts with your parent or teacher and ask where they would want to visit and why.
  • Are there any of these locations you would want to avoid? If so, which one(s) and why?

Continue on to the Got It? section to fill in a map with what you've learned.

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