All about GeoInquiries

Special thanks to Esri Education for these wonderful resources!


15 minutes

A GeoInquiry is a 15-minute, pre-built activity designed by Esri Education that allows teachers to cover required content using a free, online, interactive map. The activities are standards-based and closely follow the map concepts taught in leading U.S. textbooks.

ArcGIS Online

Esri’s GeoInquiries are meant to be a short introduction into pertinent content using the interactive ArcGIS Online maps and data while exciting students about the world around them. Consider using them in different experiential settings: one computer with projector class discussion or one-to-one activity for students.


They can be modified to reflect different instructional settings. If the teacher would rather tailor the GeoInquiry with different questions, download then edit the document in Microsoft Word 2013 or newer, to create custom student worksheets!


Because they are published under Creative Commons, they can be loaded to the school or district learning management system such as Edmodo, Blackboard, Portals, or Google Classroom. A flipped classroom setting is perfect for this type of experience. Assign students the GeoInquiry for investigating prior to a class discussion or further investigation.

All you need is the internet…

Device happy

GeoInquiries are accessible from any Internet capable device: Tablet, iPad, Chromebook, or laptop.

Built to share

They can be loaded to the school or district learning management system such as Edmodo, Blackboard, Portals, or Google Classroom.

Extensive growing collection

There are 75 GeoInquiries in the collection including science, history, geography and elementary (science and social studies) topics.

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Click the image above the topics’ list to see full list online. Click the topic name to get the activity.  Click Open on the activity page to view and download the PDF document.

American Literature

All titles are available for testing. Click the image above to access the activities.

  • Religious Diversity and the Scarlet Letter
  • Virus of Fear: Witches
  • Poe and the Red Death
  • Chancellorsville and The Red Badge of Courage
  • Twain: Travel Blogger
  • Hurricane Warning (Issac’s Storm, Their Eyes Were Watching God)
  • Our Town, Your Town
  • The Great Gatsby
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Depression, Dust & Steinbeck
  • Hiroshima
  • Dr. King’s Road to a Birmingham Jail
  • Finding Mango Street
  • Fahrenheit 451
  • Surviving the Wild


Click the image above for the latest activities.

Available now for testing:

  • D=RxT
  • Linear Growth
  • How much rain? LInear Equations
  • Rates of population change
  • Distance and Midpoint
  • The coordinate plane
  • Euclidean vs. Non-Euclidean
  • Area and Perimeter at the mall
  • Measuring Crop Circles
  • Areas of Complex Figures
  • Similar Triangles
  • Perpendicular Bisectors
  • Centers of Triangles (triangle circumcenter)
  • Volume of pyramids

Other topics coming soon!

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World History

Now available:

  • Cradles of Civilization
  • Africa’s bounty & borders
  • Russian expansion to the sea
  • Early European Exploration
  • Trade and the Black Death
  • Age of Napoleon
  • Cooperation since 1945