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Mapping Our Past

Colorado's Geography: Mapping Our Past is a set of activities for elementary- and middle-grades students to explore Colorado's historical geography. The project includes standards-based geography content and geographic information science (GIS) mapping technology. Units cover Colorado's regions and environment and historical changes in its population, transportation, and economic resources.

All acitivities under the Student Projects tab are elementary level (4th grade). For middle grade activities see teh Project Information box under the Teacher Resources tab.


Student Projects

View mapping activities for students including political boundaries, the physical environment, population, transportation and the economy.

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Teacher Resources

Learn more about how these activities connect with state standards and additional resources for student activities including documents and lesson plans.

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Database Access

The GIS database is free for download and is available in ESRI Geodatabase format.

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A Special Thanks

Funding for Colorado's Geography: Mapping Our Past was provided through a grant from the National Geographic Society's Colorado Geography Education Fund, with some matching funds from UNC's Hewit Institute for History and Social Science Education.