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Project Information

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).