Unit 1 Maps and Geography-
  Standard(s) 2. Geography
Estimated Time (When):  August-September (4 weeks) (Includes time for reteaching and enrichment) Trimester:  1st
Prepared Graduates: Develop spatial understanding, perspectives, and personal connections to the world. Examine places and regions and the connections among them.
Concepts and skill students master: Use various types of geographic tools to develop spatial thinking (2.1) The concept of regions is developed through an understanding of similarities and differences in places (2.2)

21st Century Skills and Readiness Competencies

Inquiry Questions:

  • What questions do geographers ask?
  • How does the geography of where we live influence how we live?
  • How do physical features provide opportunities and challenges to regions?
  • How have the cultural experiences of groups in different regions influenced practices regarding the local environment?
  • Are regions in the world more similar or different?
  • Why do people describe regions using human or physical characteristics?
  • What are geographic characteristics of a region?
  • How do cultures lead to similarities and differences between regions?

Relevance and Application:

  • Individuals and businesses use geographic tools to answer questions about places and locations such as where to locate a business or park, and how to landscape a yard.
  • Spatial thinking involves analysis, problem-solving, and pattern prediction.
  • Individuals develop spatial thinking to organize and make connections such as reading a map and understanding where you are, where you want to go, and how to get to the destination.
  • Individuals compare and contrast characteristics of regions when making decisions and choices such as where to send children to school, what part of town to live in, what type of climate suits personal needs, and what region of a country to visit.
  • Individuals and businesses make economic, political, and personal decisions such as where to farm, where to locate industry, and where to plant a garden based on geographic characteristics of a region.
  • Individuals and business understand how geography influences the development of rural, urban, and suburban areas.

 Nature of Geography:

  • Spatial thinkers use and interpret information from geography tools to investigate geographic questions.
  • Spatial thinkers analyze connections among places.
  • Spatial thinkers create and use spatial representations of Earth.
  • Spatial thinkers evaluate geographic data and represent it visually.

Evidence Outcomes

Students can:

  • Read and interpret information from geographic tools and formulate geographic questions (2.1.a)
  • Find oceans and continents, major countries, bodies of water, mountains, and urban areas, the state of Colorado, and neighboring states on maps (2.1.b)
  • Locate the community on a map and describe its natural and human features (2.1.c)
  • Identify geography-based problems and examine the ways that people have tried to solve them (2.1.d)
  • Observe and describe the physical characteristics and the cultural and human features of a region (2.2.a)
  • Identify the factors that make a region unique including cultural diversity, industry and agriculture, and land forms (2.2.b)
  • Give examples of places that are similar and different from a local region (2.2.c)
  • Characterize regions using different types of features such as physical, political, cultural, urban and rural (2.2.d)


MapMaker Interactive - National Geographic Education -
This is a wonderful site for exploring the world of maps and all their different uses. It allows students to interact with different types of maps and their features. (2.1.a, 2.1.b, 2.1.c, 2.1.d, 2.2.a, 2.2.b, 2.2.c, 2.2.d)
Map Maker - nationalatlas.gov
This is a great place to explore different types of maps and their features. Students can get a good sense of how maps work and how to use them. (2.1.a,2.1.b, 2.1.c, 2.2.c, 2.2.d)

Colorado Geography | Worksheet | Education.com
A worksheet for colorado geography that will assist in helping students locate their town or region within the state. (2.1.a, 2.1.b, 2.1.c)

Geocube - The world of Geography - geo-cube.eu  An excellent resource with well-written text and great supporting photos. Geographical and human interaction topics. It has an easy-to-use interface and is available in English, Spanish, German, and Italian! (2.1.a, 2.1.b, 2.1.c, 2.1.d, 2.2.a, 2.2.b, 2.2.c, 2.2.d, 4.1.a, 4.1.b, 4.1.c

Stacy Judson,
Jun 7, 2012, 1:06 PM