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Geography Education

  • This is an efficient compilation of the usual geo-trivial information about each state (capitals, state bird, largest cities, even outline map).
  • The Arizona Social Studies Standard.
  • The home page of the Barbara Petchenik Children's map competition. There are links to example maps, teacher's page, and general project information.
  • Diane Godfrey shares resources used to conduct an AzGA GeoSpatial field workshop on 2/15/2014 with teachers, which can be adapted to use with students.
  • A site that has wonderful case studies of geographic knowledge.
  • A central location providing teachers information about Geography Awareness Week.
  • Geography for Life presents the National Geography standards.
  • Purchase the National Geography standards Geography for Life.
  • GeoSense is an online, one-two player geography based game. You compete against an online opponent to place a city on a world/continent map as quickly and accurately as you can.
  • Tired of the same old projects and reports?  Ready to try something new?  Some links to several Web 2.0 tools that work well for a variety of learning objectives in social studies.  
  • A great site for teachers and students interested in ecosystems, biomes, and habitats. The site includes hands-on activities, information on conservation, preservation and endangered species

  • The US National Atlas allows you and your students to make your own maps! Try it.
  • Mission Geography is curriculum support materials that link the content, skills, and perspectives of Geography for Life: The National Geography Standards with the missions, research, and science of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
  • The 2010 NAEP assessment in geography was administered to students throughout the United States from January through March. Results of the assessment will be released in 2011.
  • A java animation that changes scale by powers of 10, zooming in from a universe perpsective towards smaller and smaller areas. Good for teaching powers to ten and scale concepts.
  • NASA site to learn about satellite imagery and remote sensing.
  • The goal of the project is to visit each of the latitude and longitude integer degree intersections in the world, and to take pictures at each location. The pictures and stories will then be posted here.
  • You select or de-select map layers to print online your own maps related to the Census, Forest Service, and environmental maps. The National Atlas includes products and services designed to stimulate children and adults to visualize and understand complex relationships between environments, places, and people. It contributes to our knowledge of the environmental, resource, demographic, economic, social, political, and historical dimensions of American life.
  • Educators United to Support Geographic Literacy.

    he Network of Alliances is a grassroots organization dedicated to supporting geographic education. Alliances are partnerships between university faculty and K-12 educators. These state based organizations connect educators, provide world-class professional development and promote educational innovation at the state and local levels. Since 1986, National Geographic and the Alliances have worked to catalyze geographic education reform across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

    This website is considered the Alliance Network "portal."  You will find information about the Network and be able to move between state Alliances and the National Geographic site for educators.  


  • AGIC is an organization established by the Governor (AEO. No89-24) to guide the development and management of GIS in Arizona.
  • NASAs regional center is at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona. The facility houses a collection of hundreds of thousands of planetary images and mission information in a variety of formats. The majority of these images are non-copyrighted.
  • This site has GIS and map information for AZ, and other relevant information.
  • A great source of information on the geography of different countries of the world.
  • Colorado Geography High School Lessons
  • answers geographically-related questions, providing maps, weather reports, and factual information.
  • Current and general information about earthquakes. A great starting place for those interested in searching for information about earthquakes.

  • Official Site.
  • This EPA site called "Index of Water Indicators" assesses watershed health, toxic releases, rish advisories and superfund sites within a particular watershed. Use this site to find environmental information within a watershed.


  • Arizona State Map of Legislative Districts from the 2010 redistricting.
  • Average Annual Arizona Precipitation map can be downloaded in pdf format from this site.
  • Site to find topographic maps of the Grand Canyon
  • Green Maps is a site devoted to giving us a fresh perspective of our cities and towns. They help us locate eco-resources such as bike lanes, farmers markets and wildlife habitats, along with cultural sites that make our hometowns special. Green Maps encourage us to discover new ways to experience the local urban ecology. Every city has many wonderful places where you can get involved creating a more natural and enjoyable lifestyle. Find out ways to put the places and things you like about the local environment "on the map." Visit the page of Youth Green Maps and see some of the varied and beautiful Green Maps that have already been designed and completed around the world. The Activity Guide can be used by young people, in school or after-school, and older community members can take part on these Mapmaking teams, as well.
  • The Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Georgia maintains a collection of more than 800 historic maps spanning nearly 500 years, from the sixteenth century through the early century. The collection provides a graphic resource upon which scholars can draw in re-discovering the minds and movements of early American explorers, revolutionary statesmen, cultural figures and politicians represented by the library's book and manuscript collections.
  • One of the greatest compilations of map links
  • One of the largest and best organized collection of on-line maps. This is a must site to visit if you are looking for historic maps.
  • This site connects current events with maps.
  • "Topozone", now part of, allows you to see topographic maps from anywhere in the United States. The maps can be viewed and printed at different scales. You can view the edge region of two adjacent topographic sheets. Students can use the site for their exercises related to viewing their home, planning backpacking trips, and more.

Physical Geography Info

  • This site has short, small "movies" of different climates of the earth. Start with the animation of Air Temperature, and watch Earth's climate change before your eyes.
  • This page illustrates a 6th grade project exploring what happens during a flood with a stream table.
  • This site is a center for NASA's educational materials for educators & students.  Here you can find a live stream from the space station, lessons & activities, NASA TV, opportunities to borrow artifacts and much more.

  • This is one-stop shopping you are looking for one place to get images of the earth, ranging from info on time zones, to climate, to views of the ancient world, to future predictions, to volcanoes, and much much more.
  • One of the very best places to obtain NASA images.

Geography Standards and Geographic Literacy

  • Before the National Standards were developed, the Geographic Education National Implementation Project (1987) developed Five Geography Themes for teaching geography. This University of South Florida site give a comprehensive overview.
  • The Association of American Geographers (AAG) provides explanations of what geographers do, where they might work and extensive career resources to answer questions and guide career planning.
  • "Path Toward World Literacy - A Scope and Sequence in Geographic Education K-12” single page poster in pdf format.
  • There are Eighteen National Geography Standards and they are organized into the Six Essential Elements for Geography.
  • The National Geographic Education site lists the 18 Standards and corresponding Elements.
  • This presentation by Gale Ekiss was created for educating the general public and educators on a geographer's definition of geography. It provides a short practice in spatial analysis and reasons why studying geography is important. PowerPoint with audio narration (2009).
  • This presentation by Gale Ekiss was created for educating the general public and educators on a geographer's definition of geography. It provides a short practice in spatial analysis and reasons why studying geography is important. PowerPoint with written narration (2012).
  • The studies presented in this document by the National Geographic Education Foundation show that we know how to improve geographic understanding and serve as examples of the many effective and promising practices in geography education. They point toward ways by which we can increase the geographic literacy of the American people in order to enhance our economic competitiveness, strengthen community citizenship and promote global understanding. Arizona programs are cited specifically on pages 9, 16 and 21 of the document for GeoLiteracy and GeoMath.
  • Produced by the Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education, this booklet explains why geographic knowledge, skills and technology provide a means to understand, comprehend and anticipate changes in the world. Topics: Technology & the Internet, Culture Diversity, Environment and Society, Globalization, Climate Change, Energy, Business & Industry, Natural and Technological Hazards and Employment.


  • The Fulbright Classrom Teacher Exchange Program is a direct one-to-one exchange of approximately 120 teachers from primary and secondary schools. The program operates between the United States and seven countries worldwide.
  • Toyota International Teacher Program sends U.S. teachers abroad to experience foreign cultures and increase global understanding. Established in 1998 and administered by the Institute of International Education, the program now sends teachers to Japan, Galapagos Islands and Costa Rica.