New GeoInquiry Launched


We are pleased to announce the public field testing of the fourth GeoInquiry collection, GeoInquiries for Grade 4 Interdisciplinary.  This collection is targeted at upper elementary classrooms and includes 15 cross-curricular activities supporting integrated science, social studies, math, and language arts with Esri’s ArcGIS Online Web-based mapping platform.

GeoInquiries are short, standards-based inquiry activities for teaching map-based concepts found in commonly used textbooks. Using an inquiry instructional model, GeoInquiries integrate ArcGIS Online technology to support subject matter content teaching. Lessons include learning objectives, technical “how-to’s”, textbook references, and formative whole-class assessment items – all packed into one page. These activities are technology agnostic and can be delivered in a classroom with as little as a tablet and a projector. Any teacher can use a GeoInquiry, regardless of their prior experience with digital mapping tools.

The authoring team for this collection includes: Mellissa Thom, Michael Wagner, and Anita Palmer.  Maps were created by authors and Maps.com.

You can explore the collection here:


A short story map has also been created for easy review of the collection: http://arcg.is/1TgiQkJ

Know a teacher who would like to field test? All they need to do is submit their comments to the URL at the bottom of page two (on each geoinquiry). That URL is: http://esriurl.com/GeoInquiryFeedback

Applying our expertise in the development of content for instructional products and continuing our commitment to developing products and content to engage learners and enhance achievement, Maps.com has created maps and data layers appropriate for use by teachers and students in the classroom. These data layers will be held and maintained by Maps.com and are available for use in other products, from interactive maps and apps to textbooks and atlases. Previous collections include High School US History and AP Human Geography. Stay tuned for the next collection: Advanced Environmental Science, coming very soon!

Intrigued by this technology and the data behind it? Want to learn more? Just give us a call, we’re here to help.

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