Geography in the Delaware Recommended Curriculum
Units Designed Especially for Grades K-3

Thinking About Maps and Globes

Grades K-1 Geography Standard 1

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Students use positional words, make a model of the classroom, begin to construct and read maps, and make a simple globe. Language development is enhanced as students talk, write and read about their world using maps to build vocabulary and fluency while learning to think and express themselves in spatial terms.

Development partners: Carol Gersmehl, New York Geographic Alliance; Social Studies Coalition of Delaware.
Landforms and Climate

Grade 2 Geography Standard 2

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Students use text, song lyrics and photos to conduct research about landforms and climate types around the world. They look for similarities and differences, grouping places in categories. Basic processes like erosion and mountain building are introduced and modeled. Students organize their thoughts and present their findings to classmates.

Development supported by the Social Studies Coalition of Delaware.
Using Maps and Globes

Grade 3 Geography Standard 1

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Written for grade 3 students, this unit extends and builds on understandings from K-1 Thinking about Maps and Globes. Basic skills in map reading and interpretation are applied at several scales and used in creative problem solving, planning a trip. This unit introduces map projections and the use of a positional grid system.

Development supported by the Social Studies Coalition of Delaware.
Places

Grade 3 Geography Standard 3

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No two places on earth are the same- each is a unique combination of physical and human features. This unit encourages students to look at a variety of places to identify natural features and human characteristics that make it unique. It explores the size and complexity of various towns and communities, and connections between them.

Development supported by the Social Studies Coalition of Delaware.
Regions

Grade 3 Geography Standard 4

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Regions builds on and extends the Places unit. When places in an area share characteristics, they can be defined as a region. Students begin to identify characteristics and to recognize boundaries for various kinds of regions.

Development supported by the Social Studies Coalition of Delaware.

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