Geography in the Delaware Recommended Curriculum
Units Designed Especially for Grades 4 and 5

Developing Mental Maps of Our State and Nation

Grade 4 Geography Standard 1

This unit helps students build a mental map of Delaware (lesson 1) and of the United States (lesson 2), to extend and refine mapping skills, and to use their knowledge to solve real world problems. A wide variety of teaching and assessment strategies are used and resources for extension are provided.

Development supported by the Social Studies Coalition of Delaware.
Ecosystems in Delaware

Grade 5 Geography Standard 2

This unit is designed as a companion to the science kit Ecosystems in use in most Delaware classrooms. Students learn about the types of ecosystems that exist in Delaware and our region and where they can be found. They then learn about the ways humans interact with the local environment and about the impacts of human activity.

Development partners: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); the National Geographic Education Foundation.
Thinking Geographically

Grade 5 Geography Standard 3

Places change over time. This unit takes a careful look at places along the Christina River, exploring the physical and human changes that have taken place and the reasons for the changes. This unit introduces the ideas of site and situation.

Development supported by the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation.
Community Profiles and Connections

Grade 4 Geography Standard 4

Each local community is unique. In this unit, students will construct a community profile of their hometown or local community. Through directed research and data gathering, students will describe their hometown and its connections.

Development of this unit was supported by the Wilmington Area Planning Council (Wilmapco).

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