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
Floods K Roman
How Helping A Flower, Helps Us! K Roman
Land That I Love! Landmarks and Symbols K Cabrera
Ocean Pals K Bojorquez
The Little Red Fort K Figueroa
The Sonoran Desert K Haile
Water is Life for Living Things K Koskiniemi
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
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
Where Am I? Determining Relative Location K-1 Lightfoot
As the Kids Come and Go: Mapping a Classroom K-2 Knowler
What’s the Weather? K-2 Gunn
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
Here Today, Gone Tomorrow.. Ideally! 1 Goodman
Keep Cool and Play On: Exploring the Science of Light 1 Demichellis
Living Antiques: Saguaros 1 Perry
Maps: Understanding Directionality and Location 1 Manzanedo
Runaway Rocks: Understanding Laws of Motion 1 Verdugo
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
Kid Maps: Reading and Creating Maps with Human and Physical Characteristics 1-2 Knowler
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
Water Conservation for Young Children 1-2 Ekiss
Wow! Juneteenth 1-2 White
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
Location, Location, Location: The Perfect Home for an Ocean Animal 2 Lizarraga
Map Tools: The Compass Rose 2 Gaona
On the Move: Why Do People Migrate? 2 Baker
Pesky Pollution: Types, Causes, and Solutions 2 Burr
Salvation of the Sea Turtles: Investigating An Endangered Species 2 Hibbitts
The Properties of Matter: It Matters! 2 Hernandez
Through Time: Change in Sedona 2 Letofsky
Urban, Suburban, and Rural: Monsoon Effects 2 Herrera
Using Cardinal Directions 2 Nethercott
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
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
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
Reading Arizona Maps 3 Post
BLAST IT: Learning About Copper! 3 Sepp
Campus Cleanup 3 Sweeney
Fantastic Frogs: A Study of Adaptations 3 Johnson
Know Your State: Regions of Arizona 3 Wood
Let's Travel: Travel Brochures of Arizona 3 Wood
Mapping Roxaboxen 3 Warren
Paint My Counties: Map Coloring the Counties of AZ 3 Jenkins
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
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
Yuma “Push and Pull” 3 Hamel
Maize to Maquiladoras: Movement from Mexico to Arizona 3-4 Warren
Monarch Mystic Migration 3-4 Parra
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
Take Me to the River: The Mojave Indians and the Colorado River 3-5 Jenkins
A Watershed Moment: Focus on Arizona 4 Alarcon
Earth: Layer By Layer 4 Mathias
Finding the Americas: How Physical Features Impact Human Settlement 4 Lambert
Our Home: Ecosystems 4 Banos
Renewable and Nonrenewable Sources of Energy 4 Kharbanda
The Rain Saved Us – Examining Drought Impacts Yesterday and Today 4 Schaecher
Weaving Around the World 4 Desai
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
Westward Ho: The Difficulties of Emigrants Moving West 4-5 Chambers
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
America’s Gateway: Learning about the 50 States 5 Jolly
Camouflage: You Can’t See Me! 5 Wright
Counting on Katherine: Let’s Have a Ball! 5 Keough
Garbage Island 5 Sanchez
Ghastly Ghost Fishing: Effects on Humpback Whales 5 Garner
Got Wind? Exploring Wind Energy & Wind Farms 5 Avechuco
Human-Caused or Natural? Exploring Impactful Changes to Habitats 5 Mercado
Mail Order Brides and Bridges 5 Noland
Map of Memories 5 Barker
Name That Place: Cultural Place Names in the United States 5 Nice
Read the USA: Passport to Regions 5 Jenkins
Relationship of Latitude and Longitude to Coordinate Planes 5 Sharma
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 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
Towards the West: Oregon Trail 5 Shukla
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
World Time Zones 5 Zhou
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
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
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
All the Places You Go (Carbon Footprint) 6 Sharma
Aqueducts and Aquaduckies 6 Lagerquist
Cinderella Around the World & The Five Themes of Geography 6 Guerrero
Connecting to Our Roots Using the Novel: Me, Frida and the Secret of the Beautiful Peacock Ring 6 Tripathi
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
How the Shadoof? Egyptian Technology 6 Morello
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
Saving the Saguaro and the Impact of Climate Change on Deserts 6 Sharma
Say What? Editorial Cartoons in the Classroom 6 Wimer
Soil Solutions: A Medieval Soil Mystery 6 Godfrey
Taming the Flames: Understanding Wildfires 6 Jones
The Golden Age of Athens (495 – 429 B.C.E.) 6 Bhathena
The Silk Road: An Ancient Internet 6 Rees
There’s A Map on My Lap! 6 Carrasco-Kinney
Where Did You Come From? Using Geography to Trace the History of Dog Breeds 6 Howard
Where in the Classroom is ______? Coordinate Plane and Mapping 6 Campos
A Region in My Own Backyard: A Geographic Field Study 6-7 Halverson
Balkan Basics 6-7 Stout
Desert Deception: Believe It or Not? 6-7 Garrett
The Breadwinner 6-7 Gonzalez
STAR IT (Simplify the Article's Really Important Topic) by Usingthe 5 Themes of Geography 6-8 Martin
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
Jerusalem: A Holy City 6-High School Ekiss
African Regions and their Folk Tales 7 Wiens
Desertification: Cause and Effect 7 Stout
Fast Fashion: The True Cost 7 Desai
From Around the Corner to Around the World: Coca-Cola 7 Stelten
Grand Canyon: So...What's the Attraction? 7 Stelten
Henrietta Lacks and The Great Migration 7 Schober
Inferno Arizona 7 Hinton Sainz
The Impact of the European Union 7 Stout
The Story of Allenville, Arizona: 1945-1978 7 McWilliams
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
Thinking Like A Historian: Jamestown v. Point Comfort (formerly called The Penned Truth) 7 Woods
Touchdown to the Moon: Apollo Missions 7 Cullumber
Wonders of the World: Exploring Living Creatures 7 Bouchard
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
Maple Syrup’s Connection to Climate Change 7-8 Pendleton
American Dream 7-High School Kovach
Communicating Like Revolutionary Spies 8 Shafer
Hunger Games: Districts and Linear Functions 8 Fredette
Past (Yellow Fever), Present (COVID-19) and Future (?) 8 Gupta
Plastic Soup: A PSA for the Ocean 8 Gingrich
Shh… What Was That Noise? Identifying Sound Decibels 8 Moll
Shortest Distance: Volcanoes and the Pythagorean Theorem 8 Sangwan
Sustainability: The High Cost of Not Eating Locally 8 Homyak
The Cold War: It’s Not Rocket Science, or Is It??? 8 Berry
The Monumental Pyramids of Egypt and the Pythagorean Theorem 8 Rooprai
The Rajah’s Rice: Comparing India’s Population Over Time 8 Dopudja
Time To Talk: We Are Running Out Of Soil! 8 Vargas
Unlocking the Sad Secret of the Spike: COVID 19 8 Mehta
When Nature Strikes: Natural Hazards Safety Booklet 8 Williams
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 Ablaze: Assessing the Impact of Wildfires High School McIntosh
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
Making Research Relevant: 187º Fahrenheit! Exploring Peru’s Boiling River High School Ishaq
Our Radioactive Backyard: Discovering the History and Culture of the Santa Susana Field Lab High School Luevanos
Petroglyphs: Snapchat of Ancient Times High School Redd
Resource Utilization: At What Cost! High School Taylor
Satellites, Orbits and Space Junk High School Oswald Keene
Shhh! . . . Mum’s the Word: Secret Cities of the Manhattan Project High School Kuropatkin
Treacherous Trenches High School Hauter