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Title Grades Author's Last Name
Catch Me If You Can: Over, Under 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
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
Monarch Mystic Migration 3 Parra
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
Camouflage: You Can’t See Me! 3-5 Wright
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
Grand Canyon: Exploring a Natural Wonder 4 Wieweck
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
Mapping Roxaboxen 4 Warren
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
Reading the Coyote School News 4 Warren
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
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
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
It's Happening, Where? Find the Absolute and Relative Location of News Articles 4-5 Chambers
Read the USA: Passport to Regions 4-5 Jenkins
Rivers that Flow from the Continental Divide: The Journey of Two Rivers 4-5 Charlson
So That the Desert Can Blossom Like a Rose: Agriculture in the Desert 4-5 Warren
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
Create A City: An Urban Planning Exercise 4-8 Ekiss
Adventures in Archaeology 5 Christian
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
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
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 in the World is Esperanza? Reasons Why Humans Immigrate 5 McClain
Where is the Trail? The Journey of Lewis and Clark 5 Nice
You Say You Want a Revolution: Comparing Colonial Revolutions in the New World 5 Chambers
“I Further Declare”: A Closer Look at the Emancipation Proclamation 5 Warren
The Dred Scott Case 5 and 7 Rees
Where Did My Lunch Come From? A U.S. Regional Tour 5-8 Chambers
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
Rising from the Dust: Learning about Natural Disasters Using the Novel, Esperanza Rising 6 Amaya
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
DOGSTAILS: An Introduction to Map Reading 6-8 Ekiss
Four Corners Hantavirus: Mapping Geography and Health 6-8 Dorn
Grand Canyon: So...What's the Attraction? 6-8 Stelten
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
Salt: White Gold 6-8 Ambroziak
Sandscapes to Landscapes 6-8 Kuropatkin
The Puerto Rican Connection 6-8 Rees
Three Gorges Dam 6-8 Stelten
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
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
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 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 China’s 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 Canadian Caper: Canada and the Iranian Hostage Crisis 8 Rees
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
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