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Population Growth Before 1900

 

Essential Concepts

A key concept throughout these Activities (and those of the "After 1900" set below) is that Colorado’s population has gone through periods of rapid growth and periods of stagnation or decline because of its traditional boom-bust economy. In Activity PE-1, students look at the earliest town development in the state, after the Gold Rush. Activity PE-2 shows the explosive growth of the 1880s and contrasts it to the period of stagnation of the 1890s that followed the 1893 Silver Panic.

 

Click on "Population Growth Before 1900" Conceptual Overview (with answer key) for more information.

Student Worksheets

Worksheet PE-1  Early Population Growth

Worksheet PE-2  Late 19th Century Growth

Internet Mapping Activities

 

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Activity PE-1  Early Population Growth

Activity PE-2  Late 19th Century Growth

 

Population Growth After 1900

 

Essential Concepts

In Activity PL-1, students note the rapid population growth in the Eastern Plains from 1900 to 1920. The maps that students view in Activity PL-2 show a major depopulation of the Eastern Plains. Many farmers had not successfully adapted to the semiarid Plains environment, which illustrates the geographic concept of human-environment interaction.  Activity PL-3 looks at the post- World War 2 changes in Colorado's population, including the boom in population after 1990.

 

Click on "Population Growth After 1900" Conceptual Overview (with answer key) for more information.

Student Worksheets

Worksheet PL-1  Colorado's Growing Population

Worksheet PL-2  Depression and Dust Bowl

Worksheet PL-3  Post-1940 Urbanization

Internet Mapping Activities

 

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Activity PL-1  Colorado's Growing Population

Activity PL-2  Depression and Dust Bowl

Activity PL-3  Post-1940 Urbanization

This unit is currently being revised.

Native Americans in Colorado

 

Essential Concepts

These activities will help students understand the geographic locations and environments of the major Native American tribes living in the area of what became Colorado.  Some attention is also given to the migration patterns of Native American groups in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, before the large-scale immigration of Euro-American settlers. Students will use the analytical tools of the GIS to identify the areas that were most suitable for buffalo hunting on the Plains. Finally, the activities' maps will show the progressive reduction of lands under Native American control in Colorado.

Student Worksheets

Worksheet NA-1  Plains Indians' Resources and Lifestyle

Worksheet NA-2  Ute Resources and Lifestyle

Worksheet NA-3  Reservations

Internet Mapping Activities

 

Please note that you should DISABLE any POP-UP Blockers

before using the Internet mapping activities.

Activity NA-1  Plains Indians' Resources and Lifestyle

Activity NA-2  Ute Resources and Lifestyle

Activity NA-3  Reservations

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