UNC Department of Geography


Student Projects

Teacher Resources



Project Information

Connections to Standards

Project Topics, Units, and Activities

Unit Titles under each topic are in green

Online mapping activities ready for use are in blue

Online activities in development are in red


Getting Started

   What Is Internet Mapping?

   Tools and Buttons and Layers

   Measuring and Finding Stuff



Colorado's Physical Geography

   The Continental Divide

   Precipitation Patterns

   Life Zones

Water Resource Development

   Water Resources in Colorado

   Moving the Water



Mining and Population

   Colorado's Mining Regions

   Change in a Mining Town

   Change in a Supply Town


   Soils, Water, and Farms

   Colorado's Farming Regions

Manufacturing and Services

   The Metro Area

   Along the Front Range

   Tourism and Recreation


Regions of Colorado

   Western Colorado

   Southern Colorado

   Front Range and Denver

   Eastern Colorado

Changing Boundaries

   Defining the State's Border

   Early Colorado Counties

   20th-century County Changes



Growth Before 1900

   Early Population Growth

   Late 19th Century Growth

Growth After 1900

   Colorado's Growing Population

   Depression & Dust Bowl

   Post-1940 Urbanization

Native Americans in Colorado

   Plains Indians' Resources & Life

   Ute Resources & Life




From Trails to Interstates

   Early Transport in Colorado

    Transportation After 1900

Units & Colorado's Geography Standards

Matching Project Units to the State Standards

The State of Colorado has six model standards for K-12 geography education.  Below, under each standard, are unit titles from Colorado's Geography: Mapping Our Past with content that is most suitable for teaching to the standard. Discussion of how activities correspond to these standards is described within each unit's Conceptual Overview.

1. Students know how to use and construct maps and other geographic tools to locate and derive information about people, places, and environments.  



2. Students know the physical and human characteristics of places, and use this knowledge to define and study regions and their patterns of change.

Regions of Colorado


3. Students understand how physical processes shape Earth’s surface patterns and systems.

Colorado's Physical Geography

Water Resource Development


4. Students understand how economic, political, cultural, and social processes interact to shape patterns of human populations, interdependence, cooperation, and conflict.

Mining and Population

Population Growth Before/After 1900

Changing Boundaries

From Trails to Interstates


5. Students understand the effects of interactions between human and physical systems and the changes in meaning, use, distribution, and importance of resources.

Water Resource Development


6. Students apply knowledge of people, places, and environments to understand the past and present and to plan for the future.

ALL UNITS (except Getting Started)

Colorado Model Content Standards

For a PDF file fully describing Colorado's Model Content Standards for Geography, from the Colorado Department of Education, click here.

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