Free Earth Science and GIS Classroom Materials

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Esri has launched a new initiative that offers free ArcGIS Online based classroom learning materials.  The first collection, called the Earth Science GeoInquiry Collection, provides fifteen web-mapping lessons for middle school students.

“Earth Science GeoInquiries provide a substantial change in the way we, as educators, use mapping and geographic analysis with data and concepts from across the science of earth systems,” says Tom Baker, Esri manager for education. “Broadly, GeoInquiries introduce mainstream K–12 students and teachers to the power of web mapping in a standards-based, teacher-friendly activity, complete with modern web technology, live data, and inquiry-oriented investigations.”

The aim of the lessons is to expand on map-based concepts found in middle school level Earth Science textbooks.  The lesson plans are also congruent with Next Generation Science Standards.

The web-map based topics currently offered are:

  • Topographic Maps
  • Remote Sensing
  • Minerals/Mining
  • Rock Types
  • Landforms
  • Plate Tectonics
  • Earthquakes
  • Volcanoes
  • Mountain Building
  • Freshwater
  • Ocean Features
  • Ground Wind and Temperature Patterns
  • Weather
  • Storms
  • Climate Change

To access the lesson plans, visit Esri’s Earth Science GeoInquiry Collection.

Esri’s future lesson plan collections will be aimed towards high school level US History.  To see all of the offerings and to sign up to be notified when new lesson plans are offered, visit the ConnectED page.


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