GeoLiteracy

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Title Grades Author's Last Name
Catch Me If You Can: Practicing Relative Location Words Using Literature K Cloyd
Getting and Giving Help K Godfrey
Helper Ants K Luna
Here Today, Gone Tomorrow.. Ideally! K Goodman
Land That I Love! Landmarks and Symbols K Cabrera
Ocean Pals K Bojorquez
The Sonoran Desert K Haile
What’s the Weather? K Gunn
Where Am I? Determining Relative Location K Lightfoot
A Walk Around the School: Mapping Places Near and Far K-1 Willey
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 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
Mapping a Cookie: Applying the 5 Themes of Geography and DOGSTAILS K-12 Kuropatkin
As the Kids Come and Go: Mapping a Classroom K-2 Knowler
It’s Your Turn: Prevent the Burn K-2 Nice/Wiens
Recycle, Reduce, Reuse and Save a Tree: Ideas for Conserving Trees K-2 Knowler
Giant Garbage Patches: Ocean Gyres K-3 Ekiss
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
Let’s Visit the Galapagos! 1 Warren
Living Antiques: Saguaros 1 Perry
Robots Helping Humans 1 Lizarraga
The Seed and the Giant Saguaro 1 Wieweck
The Silly States: Where is Your State and City? 1 Cloyd
Traveling in Peru 1 Warren
We’re Going on an Ant Hunt 1 Copeland
Gingerbread Cowboy 1-2 Martinez/Guerrero
I Am a Rock, I Am an Island: Describing Landforms and Bodies of Water 1-2 Letofsky
Lead On! Courageous Civil Rights Leaders 1-2 Medlin
Mountain Magic: Identifying the Basic Physical Characteristics of Mountains 1-2 Phillips
The Three Little Javelinas 1-2 Guerrero
Water Conservation for Young Children 1-2 Ekiss
Kid Maps: Reading and Creating Maps with Human Characteristics 1-3 Knowler
Leapin' Landmarks: Locating 10 Man-made Landmarks Around the World 2 Phillips
A Desert Golf Course: An Oasis for Humans and Wildlife! 2 Sepp
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
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
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
Put Me in My Place: Using Alphanumeric Grids to Locate Places 2 Letofsky
Ron McNair: From Library Desegregationist to Challenger Mission Astronaut 2 Jenkins
Salvation of the Sea Turtles: Investigating An Endangered Species 2 Hibbitts
Through Time: Change in Sedona 2 Letofsky
What America Means To Me 2 Jenkins
Where Have All the Creatures Gone? An Investigation of Climate Change the in the Hudson Bay 2 Rivera
Don’t Call Me Pig 2-3 Hutchinson
If These Walls Could Talk: Seeing a Culture Through Human Features 2-3 Norton
Nina Bonita: Culture and Beauty 2-3 Norton
Sticks, Stones, Sinews and Stuff: How Early People Used the Environment to Meet Basic Needs 2-3 Martinez
To The Rescue: Simple Machines 2-3 Jones
TOADS: An Introduction to Map Reading 2-3 Ekiss
Which Way is Up? The Tree of Life in Africa 2-3 Norton
Yo Ho, Yo Ho, A Pirate's Map for Me: An Original Story 2-3 Martinez
“Unloching” Scottish Geography Using Photographs 2-3 Gale Ekiss
The Tales of Two Goats: Comparing the Geography of Scotland and Arizona 2-4 Warren
Campus Cleanup 3 Sweeney
Down the Colorado: John Wesley Powell, the One-Armed Explorer 3 Guerrero
Duck for President: Understanding the Election Process 3 Godfrey
Ellis Island: Entry to Opportunity 3 Hutchinson
Fantastic Frogs: A Study of Adaptations 3 Johnson
Goin’ with the Flow: Aqueducts and Canals 3 Wiens
Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad 3 Halverson
Home in the Desert: Lesson for This House is Made of Mud 3 Graham
How Do I Get There? Planning a Safe Route to School 3 Sepp
Levels of Government: Identifying the Different Levels of Our Government 3 Moll
Lights On! Lights Off! Exploring Human Settlement Patterns 3 Phillips
Mapping Roxaboxen 3 Warren
Monarch Mystic Migration 3 Parra
Reading the Coyote School News 3 Warren
So That the Desert Can Blossom Like a Rose: Agriculture in the Desert 3 Warren
The Lincoln Memorial: America’s Gathering Place 3 Jenkins
Turkish Delights: Hodja Tales 3 Wiens
Using Folklore to Explore French Canadian Culture and Geography 3 Shoemaker
Where in the Neighborhood is Ramona Quimby? Measuring Distance on a Map 3 Phillips
Winning Isn’t Everything: Putting the “Sports” in Sportsmanship 3 Jones
Monsoon Days 3-4 Ekiss
Over and Through: Physical Geography Terms 3-4 Strouth
The Gift of Water: Modifying Our Environment 3-4 Post
Urquhart Castle: Learning about a Castle and Its Workers 3-4 Gale Ekiss
Weaving a Story of Cooperation: The Goat in the Rug 3-4 Jenkins
Arizona: Let’s Plan a Road Trip 3-5 Barker
A Storm is Brewing 4 Spero
Arizona: Way Out West and Witty 4 Olp Ekiss
Aztecs, Incas, and Mayans – Oh My! 4 Rhinehart
Cochineal: The Perfect Red To Dye For 4 Jenkins
Dams that Tamed Arizona’s Rivers 4 Tennyson
Journey through Time: Arizona, From Territory to Statehood 4 Jones
Let's Travel: Travel Brochures of Arizona 4 Wood
Living in the Desert: Hohokam Adaptation to Their Environment 4 Warren
Look Who Lives in the Desert: Exploring the Diversity of AZ Land and Wildlife 4 Noland
Maize to Maquiladoras: Movement from Mexico to Arizona 4 Warren
Map Your State: Regions of Arizona 4 Wood
Paint My Counties: Mapcoloring the Counties of AZ 4 Jenkins
Presidio Life: Understanding the Life and Impact of the Spanish 4 Rivera
Pushed & Pulled: Examining Factors that Lead to Migration 4 von Prisk
Switch It Up! Scrambling States to Practice U.S. Geography and Identify Climates 4 Marinaccio
Teammates: Bullies, Baseball, Timelines, and Maps 4 Noland
The Harvey Ways: Cultural Tourism in Arizona 4 Strouth
The Rain Saved Us – Examining Drought Impacts Yesterday and Today 4 Schaecher
The Unbreakable Code: Navajo Code Talkers 4 Hutchinson
Two Nations/One State: Comparing the National Government, Navajo Nation Government, and the Arizona State Government 4 Himes
What Am I? Human or Physical Feature 4 Deppe
What Brings Us Together? The Southwest Region 4 Levine
When is a Desert Not a Desert? The Varying Landscapes of Arizona 4 Davis
You Say You Want a Revolution: Comparing Colonial Revolutions in the New World 4 Chambers
Talking Walls: A Cultural Field Trip Around the World 4 and 6-8 Guerrero
A Town is Born 4-12 McKee
A River Through Time 4-5 Warren
A River, Dead or Alive: Native Americans and European Colonists' Treatment of a River 4-5 Chambers
Adventures in Archaeology 4-5 Christian
But We Need More, Where Will It Come From? 4-5 Post
Desert Views - First Impressions: Travelers on the Gila Trail 4-5 Warren
Hohokam Communities: Taking Risks and Making Trade-offs 4-5 April Kamp-Whittaker
How the West Was One: A Layered Book 4-5 Jenkins
Read the USA: Passport to Regions 4-5 Jenkins
Take Me to the River: The Mojave Indians and the Colorado River 4-5 Jenkins
The Desert is Theirs: Adapting to Our Environment 4-5 Wood
The Mountain Community: Why Flagstaff? 4-5 Hutchinson
This Place is Just like the Other 4-5 Hutchinson
Tooling Around Arizona: Reading Arizona Maps 4-5 Post
Westward Ho: The Difficulties of Emigrants Moving West 4-5 Chambers
What's Holding Up the Water? 4-5 Post
When Is It Ever Going to Rain? 4-5 Gorry
In the Wake of Columbus: The Decline of the Native Peoples 4-6 Baron
It's Happening, Where? Find the Absolute and Relative Location of News Articles 4-7 Chambers
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
Flooding: How Uncle Sam Can Help 5 Nice/Wiens
From Sea to Shining Sea: Solving the Puzzle 5 Godfrey
Garbage Island 5 Sanchez
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
It's Ours: How Do We Use This Land? 5 Hutchinson
Madonnas of the Trail— A Celebration of Westward Movement 5 Rees
Map of Memories 5 Barker
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
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
Separatists, Mayflower Compact, and Roger Williams 5 Hutchinson
Steam and You! How Steam Engines Helped the United States to Expand 5 Bradley
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
The Dred Scott Case 5 and 7 Rees
Create A City: An Urban Planning Exercise 5, 7-8 Ekiss
Salt: White Gold 5-6 Ambroziak
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
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
Desert Deception: Believe It or Not? 6 Garrett
Disastrous Data: We Need a Plan 6 Strouth
Econogeography 6 Lagerquist
Everyday Heroes: Character Traits to the Rescue! 6 Medlin
Fishing for a Fortune: The Science of Understanding our World 6 Laird
Geography Grows a 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
Meet the Mogollons: Who Were They? 6 Nice
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
Survivors in Harsh Habitats: Mogollon, Ancestral Puebloans (Anasazi), and Hohokam 6 Stegall
The Silk Road: An Ancient Internet 6 Rees
Understanding “The Stans” 6 Ambroziak
What If There Were No Trees? 6 Rees
“READ” an Artifact 6 Lagerquist
Letter From A Leader 6 and High School Rees
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
HiLo: Places Are Much More Than Just Elevations on a Map 6-7 Dorn
Is There a Map in That Story? 6-7 Halverson
Who's a Noodlehead? 6-7 Wiens
A Glimpse of Growth: Stories of Phoenix 6-8 Sepp
A Region in My Own Backyard: A Geographic Field Study 6-8 Halverson
African Regions and their Folk Tales 6-8 Wiens
All Maps Lie: A Look at the Properties and Functions of Maps 6-8 Halverson
Balkan Basics 6-8 Stout
BLAST IT: Learning About Copper! 6-8 Sepp
Create A Culture 6-8 Kuropatkin
Deforestation 6-8 Stelten
Four Corners Hantavirus: Mapping Geography and Health 6-8 Dorn
It's Not a Ford...It's a Fjord! Learning Landforms and Bodies of Water through Word Association 6-8 Martin
Picture Canada: Learning About Canada’s Physical Regions Through Pictures 6-8 Rees
Rephotography: A Cool GeoTool 6-8 Godfrey
S.T.A.R. I.T. Simplify The Article's Really Important Topic: Teaching the 5 W's Using The 5 Themes of Geography 6-8 Martin
Sandscapes to Landscapes 6-8 Kuropatkin
The Puerto Rican Connection 6-8 Rees
Tortoises, Penguins, and Sea Lions, Oh My 6-8 Rees
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 Map! 6-8 Strouth
What Are All the Lights? U.S. Population 6-8 Nice
When Nature Strikes: Natural Hazards Safety Booklet 6-8 Williams
“Ichi-Ni-San-Shi-Go . . . Japan” Studying Japan using the 5 Themes of Geography 6-8 Kuropatkin
A Country’s Shape Is More than Its Borders: Population Pyramids 6-High School Rees
Desertification: Cause and Effect 6-High School Stout
DOGSTAILS: An Introduction to Map Reading 6-High School Olp Ekiss
GeoSummit: Hungry Planet - A Gastronomical Tour of the World 6-High School Jeannine Kuropatkin and Allison McIntosh
Jerusalem: A Holy City 6-High School Ekiss
Arizona Ablaze: Assessing the Impact of Wildfires 7 McIntosh
Comparing Landscapes: Arizona and South Sudan 7 Guzman
From the Dust Bowl to Sunny California 7 Ekiss
Get On the Track: Migration - An African-American Adventure During WW l 7 Nice
Grand Canyon: So...What's the Attraction? 7 Stelten
Ground Shaking: Earthquakes Happen Every Day 7 Haarala
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
Maple Syrup’s Connection to Climate Change 7 Pendleton
Orphan Trains: Journeys of Salvation and Sorrow 7 Rees
Rights? The 14th Amendment 7 Halverson
Roots and Wings: A Lesson about Immigration 7 Gonzalez
Satellites, Orbits and Space Junk 7 Oswald Keene
The Breadwinner 7 Gonzalez
The Canadian Caper: Canada and the Iranian Hostage Crisis 7 Rees
The Transcontinental Railroad: How Did It Change American Society and Environment? 7 White
Touchdown to the Moon: Apollo Missions 7 Cullumber
Why They Come– Push and Pull Factors in Migration 7 Frank
“Lunger’s” Life – So You Like Breathing: Tuberculosis in Early Arizona History 7 Leckman
A Delicate Balance: Geo-History of Wildfire in the American West 7-12 de Masi
From Around the Corner to Around the World: How Technology Helps in the Spread of a Product 7-8 Stelten
From Pearl Harbor to the Rise of Mushrooms: World War II in the Pacific 7-8 Porell
The Green Book: Black Traveler’s Guide to Happy Motoring 7-8 Jenkins
Don't Just Escape A Problem, Shape A Solution: An NBA Star's Efforts to Fight Ethnic Hatred 7-8 and High School Martin
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
American Dream 8 Kovach
Can You Hear Me Now? How a Country's Wealth Influences Communication 8 Dorn
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
Mission Possible: Decoding WWII Navajo Marine Code 8 Jones
Operation Yellow Ribbon: Canada and 9/11 8 Rees
Pictures Paint More Than Words: Media’s Influence and Human Atrocities 8 Leeds
Plastic Soup: A PSA for the Ocean 8 Gingrich
Sustainability: The High Cost of Not Eating Locally 8 Homyak
The Cold War: It’s Not Rocket Science, or Is It??? 8 Berry
The Rajah’s Rice: Comparing India’s Population Over Time 8 Dopudja
The Voyage of the MS St. Louis: The Refugees No Country Wanted 8 McBride
Time To Talk: We Are Running Out Of Soil! 8 Vargas
Two Nations/One State: Comparing the National Government, Navajo Nation Government, and the Arizona State Government 8 Himes
Vote for Me! 8 Halverson
We Gotta Get Out of This Place: Escape From Papago Park, Phoenix, Arizona 8 Halverson
Where Are They Safe? Understanding Presidential Succession 8 Moll
Where Do We Go Now? The Jewish Population After World War II 8 Kratzke
Cartogram of the Great Compromise 8 and High School Polve
The Electoral College 8 and High School Rees
The Impact of the European Union 8 and High School Stout
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
Unveiling the Roles of Women in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) 9-12 Schmidt
A Greater Killer than the War: The Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919 High School Hinde
African Imperialism: Scramble for Africa High School Hauter
Calculating Water Runoff High School Redd
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
MAPS ARE OUR FRIENDS: Evaluating, Using, and Creating Maps That Tell the Story High School Williams
Mormon Pioneers in Arizona High School Schmidt
NAFTA or “SHAFTA”--A Glimpse of the North American Free Trade Agreement and Its Effect High School White
Petroglyphs: Snapchat of Ancient Times High School Redd
Racism, Relocation, and Redress: The Japanese-Canadian Experience High School Rees
Shhh! . . . Mum’s the Word: Secret Cities of the Manhattan Project High School Kuropatkin
Shh… What Was That Noise? Identifying Sound Decibels High School Moll
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
Treacherous Trenches High School Hauter
Wobblies, Strikers, Vagrants & Other Undesirables: The Bisbee Deportation of 1917 High School de Masi