21st Century Skills and Readiness Competencies
questions do geographers ask?
does the geography of where we live influence how we live?
do physical features provide opportunities and challenges to regions?
have the cultural experiences of groups in different regions influenced
practices regarding the local environment?
regions in the world more similar or different?
do people describe regions using human or physical characteristics?
are geographic characteristics of a region?
do cultures lead to similarities and differences between regions?
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
thinking involves analysis, problem-solving, and pattern prediction.
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.
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.
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.
and business understand how geography influences the development of rural,
urban, and suburban areas.
thinkers use and interpret information from geography tools to investigate
thinkers analyze connections among places.
thinkers create and use spatial representations of Earth.
thinkers evaluate geographic data and represent it visually.
and interpret information from geographic
tools and formulate geographic questions (2.1.a)
oceans and continents, major countries, bodies of water, mountains, and
urban areas, the state of Colorado, and neighboring states on maps (2.1.b)
the community on a map and describe its natural and human features (2.1.c)
geography-based problems and examine the ways that people have tried to
solve them (2.1.d)
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,
Map Maker - nationalatlas.gov
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,