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Understanding geography standards

Created by DCGE, the storymaps below highlight key concepts embedded within each of the four geography standards. They have been well received by teachers and were utilized in a series of professional learning workshops during Spring 2022.

Photo of book open to map of th continental United States above the text photo of offshore wind turbines above text reading
Illustration of raised hands colored as country's flags including India, Japan, Brazil and others, above text reading Aerial photo of clouds over landscape above text reading

Standard 1: MAPS


Standard 3: PLACE

Standard 4: REGIONS

Geospatial technology in the classroom


Video about Geoinquiries

GeoInquiries™ are short, standards-based inquiry activities for teaching map-based content found in commonly used textbooks. Collections of 15-20 activities per topic enhance your curriculum throughout the year. 

An Intro to Teaching with Maps

Geoinquiries and the Delaware Geography Standards

DCGE hosts periodic teacher training workshops on using geonquiries. Join our mailing list to stay informed about upcoming events.


2021 Earth Observation Day Webinar

Earth Observation Day (EOD) is a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education and outreach event to celebrate the Landsat mission, a joint effort of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Every day, Landsat satellite imagery provides information to scientists, researchers, farmers, forest managers, policy makers, and many others that helps them make wise decisions about our resources and our environment. 

EOD is organized by AmericaView,  a nationwide, university-based, and state-implemented network that advances Earth observation education.

DCGE partnered with DelawareView to celebrate the launch of Landsat 9 and share resources teachers can use in their classroom.

Earth Observation Day (EOD) Poster Game (and Water/Landsat Storymap)

To celebrate Earth Observation Day and the Launch of Landsat 9, DCGE partnered with DelawareView to take the 2021 EOD Day poster/game to teachers and students. Middle and high school students in the Christina School District learned about the challenging decisions required to balance economic development and natural resource conservation.  

Teachers interested in scheduling a visit or receiving a copy of any of the EOD Poster Games

Delaware Teachers Institute

Info pending

GIS Day Activities


DE/ESRI Storymap Competition

2021 Competition Results


PDMS Course #26122: Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the classroom

Digital DE streamlines access to a variety of digital and online resources to better support educators with instruction in all learning environments. This course will introduce Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and and walk participants through how to use GIS in instruction using pre-made lessons and digital maps. The online software that is referenced and utilized is ArcGIS Online (

High school geography

The Delaware Center for Geographic Education worked with DelawareView to introduce students to remote sensing data and GIS tools for geographic problem solving by enhancing the 9th grade Geography in the Modern World core curriculum where students engage in topics such as population and migration, urbanization, industrialization and economic development, and global environmental change. With the use of ArcGIS Online, we are enhancing lessons to go beyond simply expanding the use of imagery and geospatial analysis tools and activities.

The curriculum was developed in 2017 by a state-wide teacher cohort to provide instructional resources in geography that allowed students the opportunity to gain proficiency in the Delaware Geography standards while simultaneously engaging in real world problem solving, engaging current (as opposed to historical) contexts. Since 2017, the five standards-based units of the course were updated to expand the use of remotely sensed imagery, ArcGIS Online and digital mapping with newer data layers, instructional materials, and new activities. Students learn how to track and make data collected using GPS, analyze change over time through image analysis, and dig deeper into spatial analysis using GIS technology. Student interns helped to update standards’ background materials and insert interactive maps using a story map platform.

Midldle school geography

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