See Student Projects tab for all internet mapping activities. A complete list is provided below.
See Teacher Resources tab for lesson plans (including connections to Colorado standards), student worksheets, and answer keys.
See the About tab for project history and credits.
Elementary-grades Activities (2019)
Regions of Colorado
Activity R-1: Western Colorado
Activity R-2: Southern Colorado
Activity R-3: Front Range and Denver
Activity R-4: Eastern Colorado
Changing County Boundaries
Activity CB-1: Defining the State's Border
Activity CB-2: Early Colorado Counties
Activity CB-3: 20th-Century County Changes
Colorado's Physical Geography
Activity PG-1: The Continental Divide
Activity PG-2: Precipitation Patterns
Activity PG-3: Life Zones
Activity PG-4: Measurements
Population Growth Before 1900
Activity PE-1: : Early Population Growth – part a
Activity PE-2: Early Population Growth – part b
Activity PE-3: Late 19th Century Growth
Population Growth After 1900
Activity PL-1: Colorado's Growing Population
Activity PL-2: The 1930s: Depression and Dustbowl
Activity PL-3: Post 1940: Urbanization and Recreation – parts a and b
From Trails to Interstates
Activity T-1: Early Transport in Colorado
Activity T-2: Transportation After 1900
Mining and Population
Activity MP-1: Colorado's Mining Regions
Activity MP-2: Change in a Mining Town
Activity MP-3: Change in a Supply Town
Middle-grades Activities (2015)
An earlier verion (2015-2016) of Mapping Our Past with teacher guide and exercises (with keys) is available. The earlier versions of the project are appropriate for 8th grade and above. Each unit (Regions, Physical Geography, etc.) is given as one file. Teachers will need to edit the word documents. See Mapping Our Past--2015 (as a zip file).
Colorado P-12 Academic Standards
View the Colorado Academic Standards from the Colorado Department of Education.
We invite your suggestions to improve the activities. The project’s coordinators, Phil Klein and Dave Diggs of the University of Northern Colorado’s Department of Geography, GIS, and Sustainability welcome your comments at: firstname.lastname@example.org