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Countries, States, Cities, and Towns
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     challenging words:    planet, personality, section, schools, outline, divide, bold, lines, coast, amount, flight, government, follow, neighborhood, business, center
     content words:    In North America, United States, Pacific Ocean, New York City


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Countries, States, Cities, and Towns
By Trista L. Pollard
  

1     Our planet has many places. Most of these places are filled with people. Can you imagine all of the homes, schools, and stores that are on Earth? Geographers do! They study how we use the land that is found on Earth. What have they learned? Geographers have found out that we divide our continents into smaller areas. These areas are called countries, states, towns, and cities.
 
2     Countries or nations are large land areas that have boundaries. On a political map we see these boundaries. They outline the areas that belong to each country. These boundaries are also made by us. Governments or the people who make laws decide where the boundaries should be for their country. Before you look out of the window on your next plane flight, there is something you should know. You won't see these lines on land. Country boundaries are usually bold black lines that have dashes.


In North America the countries are the United States of America (U.S.A.) and Canada.
 
3     Countries are divided into smaller areas. The U.S.A. is divided into fifty states. States are areas that have their own government. They are outlined by boundaries. States have their own set of laws. They must also follow the laws of the U.S.A. Two of our states, Alaska and Hawaii, do not touch the other forty-eight states. Canada is between Alaska and the states on the west coast. Hawaii is located in the Pacific Ocean. The state boundaries are usually thinner than country boundaries.



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