Atlas Overview

We are happy to announce the availability of a completely updated and improved Second Edition of this popular resource! We are especially grateful to the National Geographic Society and the California Global Education Project for their support of this update. California: A Changing State is a student atlas and standards-based teaching resource.

Image shows front cover of student atlas titled California: A Changing State. Cover shows map of California with icons representing recognizable features of the state.
Image shows front cover of student atlas titled California: A Changing State. Cover shows map of California with icons representing recognizable features of the state.

Aligned with fourth grade standards, the 50-page atlas includes maps, diagrams, tables, and text. In addition to the content included in the atlas itself, we have provided a  map reading and interpretation guide and a set of seven thought-provoking geography inquiries. Students can use the atlas to respond to the inquiries, and then formulate and refine their own questions to continue their research.

Jump to the table of contents by clicking here.

Note: You can view the maps in your internet browser or download the pdf files.  If you open the files in Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can turn on an overlay that will show the county names and boundaries on any individual map (more info on pdf layers here).

The atlas was originally created at Humboldt State University in 2011 with support from the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund, S.D. Bechtel Junior Foundation – Stephen Bechtel Fund and the National Geographic Education Foundation.