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Geography Standards and Geographic Literacy

What is Geography? 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).
What is Geography? 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 18 National Geography Standards The National Geographic Education site lists the 18 Standards and corresponding Elements.
Six Essential Elements There are Eighteen National Geography Standards and they are organized into the Six Essential Elements for Geography.
Five Themes of Geography 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.
K-12 Scope and Sequence in Geographic Education "Path Toward World Literacy - A Scope and Sequence in Geographic Education K-12” single page poster in pdf format.
Why Geography is Important: Understanding the World 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.
What Works in Geography Education: Evidence for Improving Geographic Literacy and Teacher Quality 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.
Jobs and Careers in Geography 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.


Arizona Geographic Information Council AGIC is an organization established by the Governor (AEO. No89-24) to guide the development and management of GIS in Arizona.
Arizona Space Imagery Center 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.
Arizona State Land Department This site has GIS and map information for AZ, and other relevant information.
CIA World Factbook A great source of information on the geography of different countries of the world.
Colorado Geography High School Lessons Colorado Geography High School Lessons
Geography of the Netherlands The English homepage of the Royal Dutch Geographical Society, providing information on the Geography of the Netherlands. This is not a site for K-8 students who want a short description of the Netherlands. Rather, this site will help you gain access to English language geographical studies related to the Netherlands.
Globe Server answers geographically-related questions, providing maps, weather reports, and factual information.
National Earthquake Information Center Current and general information about earthquakes. A great starting place for those interested in searching for information about earthquakes.
National Geographic Official Site.
Photos of Canada The Geological Society of Canada has opened a site where they've placed hundreds of their previously unpublished color images of landforms and terrains around Canada. The breadth of features is incredible and the images are first rate.
Water Indicators 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.

General Education

Energy Literacy Project The Energy Literacy Project (ELP) continues to update its review of the over 300 educational programs with an energy theme available for K-12. Those programs that appear to meet National Science Education Standards and the ELP?s objective of balance are listed on the ELP web site With energy prices at highs not seen in over a decade and supply problems in electricity, heating oil and natural gas, the energy topic should be of interest for classes in earth sciences, economics, life sciences, and history, etc. For a great "ice breaker", log on the ELP web site and link to humorist Dave Barry?s article "We?re just a few dinosaurs short of a full tank." You can find this link under the Visitors Forum section of the Visitor Service page. This article is made available by permission of Knight Ridder/Tribune Information Services.
Kids University Individuals coordinating the efforts of Arizona's universities in providing assistance to K-12 teachers.
Multiage Classroom Curriculum Christa McAullife Fellowship winner and Sedona teacher Maggie Castillo-Cockrum's year long, comprehensive study using an understanding of birds to foster understanding of state standards. Title of lesson: As Eagles Soar.

Geography Education

50 States and Capitals This is an efficient compilation of the usual geo-trivial information about each state (capitals, state bird, largest cities, even outline map).
AZ Standards for Geography The Arizona Social Studies Standard.
Children Map Their World The home page of the Barbara Petchenik Children's map competition. There are links to example maps, teacher's page, and general project information.
Educational Companion for SimCity3000 Urban Geography is a core part of geography. An Educational Companion for SimCity 3000? SimCity 3000? can be used in the classroom to enhance just about any instructional unit. It can stand alone as an enrichment computer activity, or it can be used as a pivotal activity connected to other activities and projects done before, during, or after using the computer program. Use the lessons in this guide to integrate SimCity 3000 into your curriculum, with minimal preparation, or to create custom lessons to suit your needs. The activities in this guide give a sample of the activities and subjects that can be addressed using SimCity 3000. You can adapt the simulations and activities in this guide for use in grades 6-12 and beyond. We hope that these activities will prepare students to formulate plans, take action, and resolve problems.
Family Geography Challenge This is material from the Oregon Geographic Alliance to dconduct the NGS Family Geography Challenge site. The site has ideas and information about the challenge.
GEOGRAPHIA A site that has wonderful case studies of geographic knowledge.
Geography Awareness Week A central location providing teachers information about Geography Awareness Week.
Geography for Life National Standards Geography for Life presents the National Geography standards.
GeoSense 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.
High School Geography Lessons Great material on how the U.K.secondary teachers geography in high school
How can we help children learn geography? A National Geographic program for parents, teachers and students on how they can help their children learn geography.
Living Things: Habitat and Ecosystems 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
Make your own Maps The US National Atlas allows you and your students to make your own maps! Try it.
Mission Geography 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).
Mr. Dowling's Electronic Passport The Electronic Passport is a collection of the lessons written for 6th and 7th grade social studies classes. The site contains lessons, worksheets, tests and study guides from ancient cultures to modern countries. It's one of the best ways to teach your students to "read the screen" when they utilize websites.
NAEP 2010 Geography Assessment 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.
Powers of Ten/Scale Change 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.
Puzzles of the Earth Interactive site on physical geography topics.
Remote Sensing Tutorial NASA site to learn about satellite imagery and remote sensing.
Remote sensing tutorial Canadian site to learn about satellite imagery and remote sensing - grades 5 to 12.
Secrets of the Ice - Boston Museum of Science An introduction to Antarctica environments, including animations, illustrations, photos and related links.
Teach Earth is a product of the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, and sponsored by NASA's Earth Science Enterprise, You can Find quick links to classroom-ready activities on the Web, organized alphabetically or by subject. You can search their databases for Resources (e.g., CD-ROMS, Web sites, Teachers' Guides, etc.) organized alphabetically or by subject. You can search their databases for Programs (e.g., curriculum development, teacher workshops, fellowships, research programs, etc.), organized alphabetically or by subject..
The Degree Confluence 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.
US National Atlas 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.
Virtual Field Trips This site allows you to take virtual field trips for cultural and physical geography.
What are deserts? An electronic exhibit for children to understand about the deserts of the world


GIS Basics Good GIS Primer site.


Toyota International Teacher Program 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.
Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program 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.
The Jordan Fundamentals Grant Program This is the Michael Jordan Grant Program for teachers page. Applications are available on this page.


Arizona GeoServe The Arizona GeoServer is a GIS map to coordinate control data developed by participating agencies. GeoServer functionality includes: View Control Points Identify or Select Control Points Search for NGS Control Download NGS Data Create Printable Maps The GeoServer is maintained by the Arizona State Cartographer's Office.
Arizona Legislative Districts Arizona State Map of Legislative Districts from the 2010 redistricting.
Arizona Precipitation Map Average Annual Arizona Precipitation map can be downloaded in pdf format from this site.
Grand Canyon Topographic Maps Site to find topographic maps of the Grand Canyon
Green Map 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.
Hargrett Historic Maps 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.
How to obtain aerial photographs How to obtain aerial photographs
Index of Topographic Maps An online index offering educators and others the ability to identify the map. The site is organized by state.
Links to map sites One of the greatest compilations of map links
Map Collection, Perry Castañada Library 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.
Maps in the News This site connects current events with maps.
Presidential Election Maps University of Virginia library website, as part of an elections study, has maps that show the percentage of popular vote and electoral college totals by state for US presidential elections going back to 1860.
Relief Map of Arizona Relief Map of Arizona
Topozone "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

Climates of the Earth 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.
Flood: How to Create a Stream Table This page illustrates a 6th grade project exploring what happens during a flood with a stream table.
Free/Low Cost NASA resources NASA Central Operations for Resources for Educators (CORE) is a national distribution center for NASA's educational materials. For a minimal fee, NASA CORE wil provide educators unable to visit one of the NASA Educator Resource Centers with materials through its mail order service.
Great Physical Geography Info This site is organized along the different topics of physical geography. The alliance coordinators recommend this site for information on maps, earth-sun relationships, time, global warming, ozone, weawther, rocks, geologic time, minerals, weathering, volcanoes, tsunami, plate tectonics, landslides and other types of mass wasting, karst, rivers, flooding, deserts, arid lands, vegetation, hunger, energy, satellite imagery, and lesson plans
The Great Globe Gallery 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.
Visualization Studio One of the very best places to obtain NASA images.