GeoLiteracy

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Title Grades Author's Last Name
Recycle, Reduce, Reuse and Save a Tree 1 Knowler
Giant Garbage Patches: Ocean Gyres 1-2 Ekiss
Mapping a Cookie: Applying the 5 Themes of Geography and DOGSTAILS 2-12 Kuropatkin
Catch Me If You Can: Practicing Relative Location Words Using Literature K Cloyd
Getting and Giving Help K Godfrey
How Helping A Flower, Helps Us! K Roman
Land That I Love! Landmarks and Symbols K Cabrera
Ocean Pals K Bojorquez
The Sonoran Desert K Haile
What Are Explorers? K Wieweck
A Walk Around the School: Mapping Places Near and Far K-1 Willey
Helper Ants K-1 Luna
In Case of Fire: Mapping Your Classroom K-1 Cloyd
Me on the Map: Homes, Neighborhoods, and Communities K-1 Willey
Some Houses Are Made of Straw, Wood, or Brick, but This House is Made of Mud K-1 Martinez
The Silly States: Where is Your State and City? K-1 Cloyd
The Three Little Javelinas: How Coyote Got His Howl K-1 Phillips
Through the Forest and Home Again: Maps Help Us Find Our Ways K-1 Willey
Where Am I? Determining Relative Location K-1 Lightfoot
As the Kids Come and Go: Mapping a Classroom K-2 Knowler
It’s Your Turn: Prevent the Burn K-2 Nice/Wiens
What’s the Weather? K-2 Gunn
Mapping the Monsoon K-3 Guerrero
Big Moon Tortilla 1 Wahlund
Buzz, Buzz, Buzz! Why Bees are Important 1 Navarrete
Chester the Nester Laid an Egg 1 Hutchinson
Colors Crackle, Colors Roar 1 Hutchinson
Don’t Call Me Pig 1 Shoemaker
Grandparents Around the World 1 Jenkins
H2O on the Go! Learning about Fresh and Salt Water 1 Hobbs
Hand to Heart: The Significance of the Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem 1 Medlin
Here Today, Gone Tomorrow.. Ideally! 1 Goodman
Living Antiques: Saguaros 1 Perry
Robots Helping Humans 1 Lizarraga
The Seed and the Giant Saguaro 1 Wieweck
We’re Going on an Ant Hunt 1 Copeland
Gingerbread Cowboy 1-2 Martinez/Guerrero
Got to Go! Got to Go! Protecting the Monarch Butterflies 1-2 Green
I Am a Rock, I Am an Island: Describing Landforms and Bodies of Water 1-2 Letofsky
Kid Maps: Reading and Creating Maps with Human and Physical Characteristics 1-2 Knowler
Lead On! Courageous Civil Rights Leaders 1-2 Medlin
Let’s Visit the Galapagos! 1-2 Warren
Mountain Magic: Identifying the Basic Physical Characteristics of Mountains 1-2 Phillips
Put Me in My Place: Using Alphanumeric Grids to Locate Places 1-2 Letofsky
The Three Little Javelinas 1-2 Guerrero
Water Conservation for Young Children 1-2 Ekiss
What America Means To Me 1-2 Jenkins
Traveling in Peru 1-2 and 4 Warren
Leapin' Landmarks: Locating 10 Man-made Landmarks Around the World 2 Phillips
A Desert Golf Course: An Oasis for Humans and Wildlife! 2 Sepp
A Habitat Makes a Home 2 Paine
Be a Superhero: Avenge the Garbage! 2 Nice/Wiens
Bee vs Wasp: How Will They Survive? 2 Carrillo
Big Map of Crow Boy’s Land: Human and Physical Characteristics of Japan 2 Green
Cesar Chavez: American Hero 2 Figueroa
Duck for President: Understanding the Election Process 2 Godfrey
Get In The Zone: Ocean Zones 2 Ngo
Grand Canyon: Exploring a Natural Wonder 2 Wieweck
Grandparent Names: What Do You Call Yours? 2 Godfrey
I Am a Pirate Cartographer. How about You? 2 MacFarlane
In Search of the Ninth: Using Forensic Science to Investigate the Disappearance of Ancient Rome’s Ninth Legion 2 Salas Murphy
Johnny Appleseed: The Path of a Barefoot Legend 2 Spratt
Map Tools: The Compass Rose 2 Gaona
Ron McNair: From Library Desegregationist to Challenger Mission Astronaut 2 Jenkins
Salvation of the Sea Turtles: Investigating An Endangered Species 2 Hibbitts
The Lincoln Memorial: America’s Gathering Place 2 Jenkins
Through Time: Change in Sedona 2 Letofsky
To The Rescue: Simple Machines 2 Jones
Turkish Delights: Hodja Tales 2 Wiens
Where Have All the Creatures Gone? An Investigation of Climate Change the in the Hudson Bay 2 Rivera
Where in the Neighborhood is Ramona Quimby? Measuring Distance on a Map 2 Phillips
Yo Ho, Yo Ho, A Pirate's Map for Me 2 Martinez
“Unloching” Scottish Geography Using Photographs 2 Gale Ekiss
Nina Bonita: Culture and Beauty 2 and 4 Norton
If These Walls Could Talk: Seeing a Culture Through Human Features 2 and 6 Norton
Over and Through: Physical Geography Vocabulary 2 and 6 Strouth
Biomes of Arizona Big Book 2-3 Pearl
Don’t Call Me Pig 2-3 Hutchinson
Sticks, Stones, Sinews and Stuff: How Early People Used the Environment to Meet Basic Needs 2-3 Martinez
TOADS: An Introduction to Map Reading 2-3 Ekiss
Which Way is Up? The Tree of Life in Africa 2-3 Norton
The Tales of Two Goats: Comparing the Geography of Scotland and Arizona 2-4 Warren
Reading Arizona Maps 3 Post
BLAST IT: Learning About Copper! 3 Sepp
Campus Cleanup 3 Sweeney
Dams that Tamed Arizona’s Rivers 3 Tennyson
Down the Colorado: John Wesley Powell, the One-Armed Explorer 3 Guerrero
Fantastic Frogs: A Study of Adaptations 3 Johnson
Goin’ with the Flow: Aqueducts and Canals 3 Wiens
Home in the Desert: Lesson for This House is Made of Mud 3 Graham
It’s Where??? A Look at the Location of Our Territorial Capital and Why It Was Located There 3 Sepp
Know Your State: Regions of Arizona 3 Wood
Let's Travel: Travel Brochures of Arizona 3 Wood
Levels of Government: Identifying the Different Levels of Our Government 3 Moll
Look Who Lives in the Desert: Exploring the Diversity of AZ Land and Wildlife 3 Noland
Mapping Roxaboxen 3 Warren
Paint My Counties: Map Coloring the Counties of AZ 3 Jenkins
Reading the Coyote School News 3 Warren
So That the Desert Can Blossom Like a Rose: Agriculture in the Desert 3 Warren
The Desert is Theirs: Adapting to Our Environment 3 Wood
The Harvey Ways: Cultural Tourism in Arizona 3 Strouth
The Unbreakable Code: Navajo Code Talkers 3 Hutchinson
Two Nations/One State: Comparing the National Government, Navajo Nation Government, and the Arizona State Government 3 Himes
What Am I? Human or Physical Feature 3 Deppe
What is it Like? Mapping My Neighborhood 3 Sepp
What's Holding Up the Water? 3 Post
When is a Desert Not a Desert? The Varying Landscapes of Arizona 3 Davis
Why Were They Built? Dams in Arizona 3 Warren
Yuma “Push and Pull” 3 Hamel
Arizona: Way Out West and Witty 3-4 Olp Ekiss
Journey through Time: Arizona, From Territory to Statehood 3-4 Jones
Living in the Desert: Hohokam Adaptation to Their Environment 3-4 Warren
Maize to Maquiladoras: Movement from Mexico to Arizona 3-4 Warren
Monarch Mystic Migration 3-4 Parra
Monsoon Days 3-4 Ekiss
Presidio Life: Understanding the Life and Impact of the Spanish 3-4 Rivera
The Gift of Water: Modifying Our Environment 3-4 Post
Weaving a Story of Cooperation: The Goat in the Rug 3-4 Jenkins
A River Through Time: Focus on the Gila River 3-5 Warren
Anytown: City Travel Brochure 3-5 Ekiss
Arizona: Let’s Plan a Road Trip 3-5 Barker
Desert Views - First Impressions: Travelers on the Gila Trail 3-5 Warren
Lockbox Lesson--Jaguars: Mystery and Myth 3-5 Parra
Making a Salt Dough Map of Arizona 3-5 Jenkins
Take Me to the River: The Mojave Indians and the Colorado River 3-5 Jenkins
Aztecs, Incas, and Mayans – Oh My! 4 Rhinehart
Cochineal: The Perfect Red To Dye For 4 Jenkins
Finding the Americas: How Physical Features Impact Human Settlement 4 Lambert
Our Home: Ecosystems 4 Banos
Teammates: Bullies, Baseball, Timelines, and Maps 4 Noland
The Diverse Ways People Have Used the Environment 4 Hutchinson
The Rain Saved Us – Examining Drought Impacts Yesterday and Today 4 Schaecher
Using Folklore to Explore French Canadian Culture and Geography 4 Shoemaker
You Say You Want a Revolution: Comparing Colonial Revolutions in the New World 4 Chambers
Tortoises, Penguins, and Sea Lions, Oh My 4 and 7 Rees
Where, Why, and by Whom are Lines Drawn? 4-12 GeoCivics Project
A River, Dead or Alive: Native Americans and European Colonists' Treatment of a River 4-5 Chambers
A Storm is Brewing 4-5 Spero
Adventures in Archaeology 4-5 Christian
Hohokam Communities: Taking Risks and Making Trade-offs 4-5 April Kamp-Whittaker
Our Need to Conserve Resources 4-5 Post
Westward Ho: The Difficulties of Emigrants Moving West 4-5 Chambers
What If There Were No Trees? 4-5 Rees
In the Wake of Columbus: The Decline of the Native Peoples 4-6 Baron
Talking Walls: A Cultural Field Trip Around the World 4-6 Guerrero
It's Happening, Where? Find the Absolute and Relative Location of News Articles 4-7 Chambers
A Town is Born 5 McKee
All Aboard! The Orphan Trains 5 Medlin
Boundaries “R” Us (Are U.S.): Looking at the Boundaries of States and Locations of State Capitals 5 Ostapuk
Camouflage: You Can’t See Me! 5 Wright
Counting on Katherine: Let’s Have a Ball! 5 Keough
Ellis Island: Entry to Opportunity 5 Hutchinson
Flooding: How Uncle Sam Can Help 5 Nice/Wiens
From Sea to Shining Sea: Solving the Puzzle 5 Godfrey
Garbage Island 5 Sanchez
Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad 5 Halverson
Independence, Revolution, and George: Events of the Revolutionary War 5 Warren
Island Hopping: The Story of Ned Begay Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two 5 Medlin
Madonnas of the Trail— A Celebration of Westward Movement 5 Rees
Mail Order Brides and Bridges 5 Noland
Map of Memories 5 Barker
Meet the Mogollon: Who Were They? 5 Nice
Mountains, Sinks and Deserts: The Physical Geography of the California Trail 5 Warren
Name That Place: Cultural Place Names in the United States 5 Nice
NIMBY: The Garbage Barge from Islip 5 Jenkins
Pushed & Pulled: Examining Factors that Lead to Migration 5 von Prisk
Read the USA: Passport to Regions 5 Jenkins
Rising from the Dust: Learning about Natural Disasters Using the Novel, Esperanza Rising 5 Amaya
Rivers that Flow from the Continental Divide: The Journey of Two Rivers 5 Charlson
Scrambling States to Practice Map Reading Skills and Identifying Characteristics 5 Marinaccio
Separatists, Mayflower Compact, and Roger Williams 5 Hutchinson
Steam and You! How Steam Engines Helped the United States to Expand 5 Bradley
The Amazing Journey of Edgar the Eagle 5 Rees
The Birth of a Rocky Mountain City and Railroad: Georgetown and the Loop Railroad 5 Charlson
The Cherokee: Trail Where They Cried 5 Jenkins
Where Did My Lunch Come From? A U.S. Regional Tour 5 Chambers
Where in the World is Esperanza? Reasons Why Humans Immigrate 5 McClain
Where is the Trail? The Journey of Lewis and Clark 5 Nice
“I Further Declare”: A Closer Look at the Emancipation Proclamation 5 Warren
Get On the Track: Migration - An African American Adventure During WW l 5 and 7 Nice
What Are All the Lights? U.S. Population 5 and 7 Nice
Rephotography: A Cool GeoTool 5 and 8-HS Godfrey
Create A City: An Urban Planning Exercise 5, 7-8 Ekiss
Salt: White Gold 5-6 Ambroziak
Survivors in Harsh Habitats: Mogollon, Ancestral Puebloans (Anasazi), and Hohokam 5-6 Stegall
5 Themes of Geography: A Basis for Understanding Geography 5-High School Teacher Consultants
A Drop in the Bucket – Ancient Egyptian Irrigation 6 Milliken
A Deep Dive into Ocean Zones 6 Coughlin
A Folktale, a Famine and a Finale: The Great Famine of 1315 6 Godfrey
A Patch to Match Every Mission 6 Venglarcik
Add a Little Spice to Your Life 6 Nice
Aegean Adaptability: Geography and the Ancient Greeks 6 Wiens
Aqueducts and Aquaduckies 6 Lagerquist
Cinderella Around the World & The Five Themes of Geography 6 Guerrero
Citizen Character Traits: Learning to Petition Public Officials 6 Moll
Confucianism: A Cornerstone 6 Ambroziak
Disastrous Data: We Need a Plan 6 Strouth
EconoGeography 6 Lagerquist
Even the Rocks Cry Out! Communication Through Rock Art 6 Stegall
Everyday Heroes: Character Traits to the Rescue! 6 Medlin
Fishing for a Fortune: The Science of Understanding our World 6 Laird
Geography and STEM: Engineering that Made a Difference 6 Touchette Hutchinson
Go GeoWild with Pokemon GO! 6 Guerrero
Great Rivers of Great Civilizations 6 Strouth
India’s Contributions to the World: Zero! 6 Jenkins
Is There a Map in That Story? 6 Halverson
It's Not a Ford...It's a Fjord! Learning Landforms and Bodies of Water through Word Association 6 Martin
Letter From A Leader 6 Rees
Pull, Pull, Pulleys in Mesopotamia 6 Lagerquist
Sail Like an Egyptian: Alternative Energy 6 Moll
Say What? Editorial Cartoons in the Classroom 6 Wimer
Soil Solutions: A Medieval Soil Mystery 6 Godfrey
Solving the Puzzle--The Middle Ages: A Time of Movement - People, Goods, and Ideas 6 Godfrey
The Silk Road: An Ancient Internet 6 Rees
There’s A Map on My Lap! 6 Carrasco-Kinney
Understanding “The Stans” 6 Ambroziak
Urquhart Castle: Learning about a Castle and Its Workers 6 Gale Ekiss
Winning Isn’t Everything: Putting the “Sports” in Sportsmanship 6 Jones
Mansa Musa: Lion of Mali 6 and High School Jones
The Amazing Khmer 6 and High School Rees
Zheng He-China’s Naval Ambassador 6 and High School Rees
TALES FROM THE CRYPT: Learning about Geography and History from Your Local Cemetery 6-12 Ekiss
A Geographic Profile: The Health of Nations 6-7 Glenn
A Region in My Own Backyard: A Geographic Field Study 6-7 Halverson
Balkan Basics 6-7 Stout
Create A Culture 6-7 Kuropatkin
Desert Deception: Believe It or Not? 6-7 Garrett
GeoSummit: Hungry Planet - A Gastronomical Tour of the World 6-7 Jeannine Kuropatkin and Allison McIntosh
HiLo: Places Are Much More Than Just Elevations on a Map 6-7 Dorn
Sandscapes to Landscapes 6-7 Kuropatkin
The Breadwinner 6-7 Gonzalez
“Ichi-Ni-San-Shi-Go . . . Japan” Studying Japan using the 5 Themes of Geography 6-7 Kuropatkin
Four Corners Hantavirus: Mapping Geography and Health 6-8 Dorn
STAR IT Simplify the Article's Really Important Topic Focus:The 5 Themes of Geography 6-8 Martin
Trees in the Desert: Using the Principles of Xeriscape 6-8 Anderson
Use Dr. Seuss's The Lorax to Explore Environmental Issues 6-8 Rees
What a Variety of Maps! 6-8 Strouth
A Country’s Shape Is More than Its Borders: Population Pyramids 6-High School Rees
DOGSTAILS: An Introduction to Map Reading 6-High School Olp Ekiss
Jerusalem: A Holy City 6-High School Ekiss
360 Degrees of Culture: Creating Culture Wheels 7 Martin
African Regions and their Folk Tales 7 Wiens
Comparing Landscapes: Arizona and South Sudan 7 Guzman
Desertification: Cause and Effect 7 Stout
From Around the Corner to Around the World: Coca-Cola 7 Stelten
From the Dust Bowl to Sunny California 7 Ekiss
Grand Canyon: So...What's the Attraction? 7 Stelten
Import Partners: A Lesson about International Trade on Items Found at Home 7 Gonzalez
Inferno Arizona 7 Hinton Sainz
Making the Blockade a “Ria”lity: How Drowned River Valleys Assisted in Blockading Confederate Ports 7 Donoghue
Mission Possible: Decoding WWII Navajo Marine Code 7 Jones
Picture Canada: Learning About Canada’s Physical Regions Through Pictures 7 Rees
Pictures Paint More Than Words: Images and Media Influence 7 Leeds
Roots and Wings: A Lesson about Immigration 7 Gonzalez
Tasting the Sky: Life on the West Bank 7 Hutchinson
The Canadian Caper: Canada and the Iranian Hostage Crisis 7 Rees
The Impact of the European Union 7 Stout
The Transcontinental Railroad: How Did It Change American Society and Environment? 7 White
The Voyage of the MS St. Louis: The Refugees No Country Wanted 7 McBride
Touchdown to the Moon: Apollo Missions 7 Cullumber
“Lungers”–Tuberculosis in Early Arizona History 7 Leckman
“READ” an Artifact 7 Lagerquist
Orphan Trains: Journeys of Salvation and Sorrow 7 and High School Rees
The Puerto Rican Connection 7 and High School Rees
Where Do We Go Now? The Jewish Population After World War II 7 and High School Kratzke
A Glimpse of Growth: Oral Histories of Phoenix 7-8 Sepp
Deforestation: A GeoInquiry 7-8 Ekiss
From Pearl Harbor to the Rise of Mushrooms: World War II in the Pacific 7-8 Porell
Ground Shaking: Earthquakes Happen Every Day 7-8 Haarala
Hot Town--Summer in the City 7-8 Carol Carney Warren
Maple Syrup’s Connection to Climate Change 7-8 Pendleton
American Dream 7-High School Kovach
Migration: “Push" and "Pull” Factors 7-High School Ekiss
NIMBY: Not in My Backyard 7-High School Ekiss
Observing the Characteristics of Cultures 7-High School Ekiss
Operation Yellow Ribbon: Canada and 9/11 7-High School Rees
Why They Come– Push and Pull Factors in Migration 7-High School Frank
Central Arizona Project: Bringing Water to a Desert 8 Ekiss
Chopsticks and the Future of Forests: Using Mathematics to Look at the Future 8 Baron
Domestic Dependent Nations: Tribal Governments in the United States 8 Warren
Fun in the Sun? 8 Jenkins
Plastic Soup: A PSA for the Ocean 8 Gingrich
Rights: The 14th Amendment 8 Halverson
Shh… What Was That Noise? Identifying Sound Decibels 8 Moll
Sustainability: The High Cost of Not Eating Locally 8 Homyak
The Cold War: It’s Not Rocket Science, or Is It??? 8 Berry
The Green Book: Black Traveler’s Guide to Happy Motoring 8 Jenkins
The Rajah’s Rice: Comparing India’s Population Over Time 8 Dopudja
Time To Talk: We Are Running Out Of Soil! 8 Vargas
Vote for Me! 8 Halverson
When Nature Strikes: Natural Hazards Safety Booklet 8 Williams
Where Are They Safe? Understanding Presidential Succession 8 Moll
Cartogram of the Great Compromise 8 and High School Polve
Changing Face of the AZ Border 8 and High School Ekiss/Rees
The Dred Scott Case 8 and High School Rees
The Electoral College 8 and High School Rees
Wetlands: Why Are They Endangered? 8 and High School Stout
You Have the Right to Remain Silent: Miranda v. Arizona (1966) 8 and High School Jones
Large vs Small Scale Maps: Can you Breakout of the Map? Differences in Map Scale 8-HS Moll
A Delicate Balance: Geo-History of Wildfire in the American West High School de Masi
A Greater Killer than the War: The Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919 High School Hinde
African Imperialism: Scramble for Africa High School Hauter
All Maps Lie: A Look at the Properties and Functions of Maps High School Halverson
Arizona Ablaze: Assessing the Impact of Wildfires High School McIntosh
Calculating Water Runoff High School Redd
Comparing Federal, State and Tribal Governments: Focus Arizona High School Himes
Evaluating, Using, and Creating Maps That Tell the Story High School Williams
Examining the Iran-Contra Affair High School Reynolds
Forecast Cloudy with a Slight Chance of Showers: The Delay of the D-Day Invasion (1944) High School Vogt
Go, Buddha, Go: Patterns in the Spread of Religions High School Henry
How Much Is Too Much? How Much Is Not Enough? Analyzing Public Policy in the Petrified Forest High School Stegall
Indigenous Foreigners: Geographic Impact on the Literary and Social Construct of “Other” High School Jozefowski
Into the Deep: Mapping the Ocean Floor High School Conn
Is it Good? Is it Bad? Genetically Modified Foods High School Reynolds
Kindertransport: Cultural Comparison of Urban Areas High School Buffington
La Frontera--Barrier or Gateway? An Introductory Unit to the US-Mexico Borderland High School Rees
Location, Location, Location: Arizona and the Gadsden Purchase High School White
Mapping a Crisis: Or How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb High School Neenos
Mormon Pioneers in Arizona High School Schmidt
Petroglyphs: Snapchat of Ancient Times High School Redd
Racism, Relocation, and Redress: The Japanese-Canadian Experience High School Rees
Satellites, Orbits and Space Junk High School Oswald Keene
Shhh! . . . Mum’s the Word: Secret Cities of the Manhattan Project High School Kuropatkin
Tempest Tossed: Ellis Island High School Leckman
The Details are in the Picture: Using Geoguessr to Analyze Physical and Cultural Geography High School Neenos
The Moundbuilders: Who, Where, So What? High School Rees
The Righteous Gentile: The Story of Irena Sendler and the Holocaust High School Kiley
Traversing the Terrain: Transportation in Arizona (1853) High School Vogt
Treacherous Trenches High School Hauter
Unveiling the Roles of Women in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) High School Schmidt
We Gotta Get Out of This Place: Escape From Papago Park, Phoenix, Arizona High School Halverson
Wobblies, Strikers, Vagrants & Other Undesirables: The Bisbee Deportation of 1917 High School de Masi