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Curriculum & Resources



The ECHO partners have produced student learning centers at with dozens of classroom activities.The learning centers also provide background information for you and your students to explore different regions in America and their respective cultures.

National Geography Standard

Standard 1: How to use maps and other geographic representations, tools and technologies to acquire, process and report information.

Standard 3: How to analyze the spatial organization of people, places and environments on Earth’s surface.

Standard 4: The physical and human characteristics of places.

Standard 9: The characteristics, distribution and migration of human populations on Earth’s surface.

Standard 12: The process, patterns, and functions of human settlement.

Standard 14: How human actions modify the physical environment.

Standard 15: How physical systems affect human systems.

Standard 16: The changes that occur in the meaning, use, distribution and importance of resources.

Standard 17: How to apply geography to interpret the past.

Standard 18: How to apply geography to interpret the present and plan for the future.

Standards in History for Grades K-4
Standard 1: Family life now and in the recent past; family life in various places long ago.
Standard 6: Regional folklore and cultural contributions that helped to form our national heritage.

NCTE/IRA Standards for the English Language Arts
Standard 5: Students read a wide range of print and non-print texts to build an understanding of texts, of themselves and of the cultures of the United States and the world; to acquire new information; to respond to the needs and demands of society and the workplace; and for personal fulfillment. Among these texts are fiction and non-fiction, historical and contemporary works.
Standard 7: Students conduct research on issues and interests by generating ideas and questions, and by posing problems.They gather, evaluate and synthesize data from a variety of sources (e.g., print and non-print text, artifacts, and people) to communicate their discoveries in ways that suit their purpose and audience.
Standard 8: Students use a variety of technological and information resources (e.g., libraries, databases, computer networks, video) to gather and synthesize information and to create and communicate knowledge.
Standard 9: Students develop an understanding of and respect for diversity in language use, patterns and dialects across cultures, ethnic groups, geographic regions and social roles.