Geography and Diverse Learners (ELLs)

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Title Grades Author's Last Name
Giant Garbage Patches: Ocean Gyres 1-2 Ekiss
Catch Me If You Can: Practicing Relative Location Words Using Literature K Cloyd
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
The Silly States: Where is Your State and City? K-1 Cloyd
Through the Forest and Home Again: Maps Help Us Find Our Ways K-1 Willey
As the Kids Come and Go: Mapping a Classroom K-2 Knowler
Recycle, Reduce, Reuse and Save a Tree: Ideas for Conserving Trees K-2 Knowler
Buzz Buzz Buzz! Why Bees are Important 1 Navarrete
H2O on the Go! Learning about Fresh and Salt Water 1 Hobbs
Have You Ever Wanted to Play in the Dirt? Learning about Soil 1 Gonzalez
Living Antiques: Saguaros 1 Perry
We’re Going on an Ant Hunt 1 Copeland
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
Mountain Magic: Identifying the Basic Physical Characteristics of Mountains 1-2 Phillips
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 Habitat Makes a Home 2 Paine
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
In Search of the Ninth: Using Forensic Science to Investigate the Disappearance of Ancient Rome’s Ninth Legion 2 Salas Murphy
Map Tools: The Compass Rose 2 Gaona
Put Me in My Place: Using Alphanumeric Grids to Locate Places 2 Letofsky
Salvation of the Sea Turtles: Investigating An Endangered Species 2 Hibbitts
Through Time: Change in Sedona 2 Letofsky
Where Have All the Creatures Gone? An Investigation of Climate Change the in the Hudson Bay 2 Rivera
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
Campus Cleanup 3 Sweeney
Fantastic Frogs: A Study of Adaptations 3 Johnson
How Do I Get There? Planning a Safe Route to School 3 Sepp
Lights On! Lights Off! Exploring Human Settlement Patterns 3 Phillips
Mapping Roxaboxen 3 Warren
Monarch Mystic Migration 3 Parra
So That the Desert Can Blossom Like a Rose: Agriculture in the Desert 3 Warren
What Am I? Human or Physical Feature 3 Deppe
Where in the Neighborhood is Ramona Quimby? Measuring Distance on a Map 3 Phillips
Yuma “Push and Pull” 3 Hamel
Maize to Maquiladoras: Movement from Mexico to Arizona 3-4 Warren
Over and Through: Physical Geography Terms 3-4 Strouth
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
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
A Storm is Brewing 4 Spero
Finding the Americas: How Physical Features Impact Human Settlement 4 Lambert
Let's Travel: Travel Brochures of Arizona 4 Wood
Map Your State: Regions of Arizona 4 Wood
Our Home: Ecosystems 4 Banos
Paint My Counties: Mapcoloring the Counties of AZ 4 Jenkins
The Rain Saved Us – Examining Drought Impacts Yesterday and Today 4 Schaecher
Talking Walls: A Cultural Field Trip Around the World 4 and 6-8 Guerrero
A River, Dead or Alive: Native Americans and European Colonists' Treatment of a River 4-5 Chambers
Adventures in Archaeology 4-5 Christian
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
It's Happening, Where? Find the Absolute and Relative Location of News Articles 4-7 Chambers
Camouflage: You Can’t See Me! 5 Wright
Counting on Katherine: Let’s Have a Ball! 5 Keough
Garbage Island 5 Sanchez
Mail Order Brides and Bridges 5 Noland
Map of Memories 5 Barker
Name That Place: Cultural Place Names in the United States 5 Nice
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
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 in the World is Ryan? Practicing Latitude & Longitude 5 Deppe
Where is the Trail? The Journey of Lewis and Clark 5 Nice
Create A City: An Urban Planning Exercise 5, 7-8 Ekiss
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
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
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
The Silk Road: An Ancient Internet 6 Rees
Letter From A Leader 6 and High School Rees
Desert Deception: Believe It or Not? 6-7 Garrett
Is There a Map in That Story? 6-7 Halverson
The Breadwinner 6-7 Gonzalez
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
Balkan Basics 6-8 Stout
BLAST IT: Learning About Copper! 6-8 Sepp
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
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
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
A Country’s Shape Is More than Its Borders: Population Pyramids 6-High School Rees
Desertification: Cause and Effect 6-High School Stout
Jerusalem: A Holy City 6-High School Ekiss
Arizona Ablaze: Assessing the Impact of Wildfires 7 McIntosh
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
Inferno Arizona 7 Hinton Sainz
Maple Syrup’s Connection to Climate Change 7 Pendleton
Satellites, Orbits and Space Junk 7 Oswald Keene
The Transcontinental Railroad: How Did It Change American Society and Environment? 7 White
Touchdown to the Moon: Apollo Missions 7 Cullumber
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
Don't Just Escape A Problem, Shape A Solution: An NBA Star's Efforts to Fight Ethnic Hatred 7-8 and High School Martin
American Dream 8 Kovach
Hunger Games: Districts and Linear Functions 8 Fredette
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
The Impact of the European Union 8 and High School Stout
Wetlands: Why Are They Endangered? 8 and High School Stout
Large vs Small Scale Maps: Can you Breakout of the Map? Differences in Map Scale 8-HS Moll
Arizona and the Colorado River High School Redd
Calculating Water Runoff High School Redd
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
Petroglyphs: Snapchat of Ancient Times High School Redd
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
Treacherous Trenches High School Hauter