All about GeoInquiries
Special thanks to Esri Education for these wonderful resources!
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.
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…
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.
- Population dynamics
- Down to the last drop
- Dead zones (water pollution)
- The Beagle’s Path
- Primary productivity
- Tropical Deforestation
- Marine debris
- El Nino (and climate)
- Slowing malaria
- Altered biomes
- Spinning up wind power
- Resource consumption and wealth
- The human journey
- Investigating biodiversity
- Distance, transportation, and scale
- Understanding Globalization
- World Population
- USA Demographics
- You claim it, you name it! (Toponyms)
- Language and Religion
- Sacred space – sacred place
- Migration – On the Move
- Borders, boundaries, and barriers
- Farming, vegetation and the rural landscape
- Agricultural Patterns
- The Human Development Index
- Comparing country development
- What’s the range?
- Urban areas and edge cities
- Topography and our national heritage
- Remote sensing
- Mining the world’s most used minerals
- Rock types tell stories
- North American landforms
- Cracked plates (tectonics)
- The earth moves under our feet (earthquakes)
- Plate type effect on volcanoes
- Mountain building
- A river runs through it (freshwater)
- Ocean features
- Fluid Earth: winds and currents
- How’s the weather?
- Tropical storms
- Climate change
- Biomes and ecosystems
- Time zones
- Street maps
- Settlement patterns: people and water
- Exploring Elevation with Lewis and Clark
- Discovering map scale
- Where does the water go? (watersheds)
- Seismic events: natural hazards
- Mississippi River exploration
- Expansion of the United States
- Public lands and national parks
- Weather forecasting
- Energy production
- Natural resources and regions
- The Great Exchange
- The 13 Colonies – 1700s
- The War Before Independence (The American Revolution)
- The War of 1812
- Westward, ho! (Trails west)
- The Underground Railroad
- From Compromise to Conflict
- A nation divided: The Civil War
- Native American Lands
- Steel and the birth of a city (natural resources)
- World War I
- Dust Bowl
- A day that lived in infamy (Pearl Harbor)
- Operation Overlord – D-Day
- Hot spots in the Cold War