GeoWeek

NOVEMBER 15-21, 2015

GEOGRAPHY AWARENESS WEEK

Explore! The Power of Maps

To celebrate the 2015 Geography Awareness Week theme, “Explore! The Power of Maps,” the Texas Alliance for Geographic Education invites Texas teachers and students to create and share maps. Maps can tell a story, show lots of data easily, and answer questions. Geographers decide which canvas, or basemap, to use, which layers of data to add on top to recognize spatial patterns. This projects provides an opportunity for students and teachers to participate in the geography, art, and science that is mapmaking while tracking participation online. We hope that this celebration engages Texas’ educational community to Explore! The Power of Maps!

Resources below.

Resources, Lessons, and Activities

All Grades

Elements of a Good Map, TADPOLES and TODALSIGS and learn more on mapping at NatGeoEd

Esri Maps We Love, a gallery of digital maps for inspiration

NGS, Resources for GeoWeek 2015

NGS MapMaker Interactive, http://mapmaker.education.nationalgeographic.com/?ls=000000000000

MapMaker Tile Map Kits, http://education.nationalgeographic.com/topics/mapmaker-kits/

Geographic Inquiry Process, http://edcommunity.esri.com/~/media/Files/EdCommunity/Lesson%20Files/g/Geographic_Inquiry_Process.pdf

ConnectEd Esri, http://www.esri.com/connected

Map Skills for Elementary Students, http://education.nationalgeographic.com/map-skills-elementary-students/

Grade K-2

Mapping the Classroom, Students practice using the language of location and then apply that language when creating a map of their classroom. They use the map to locate hidden items in the classroom. http://education.nationalgeographic.com/activity/mapping-classroom/

Many Ways To Name A Place, Students analyze maps of places from neighborhood to world and then create maps for the locations of their own homes at multiple scales. http://education.nationalgeographic.com/activity/many-ways-name-place/

Mapping Your State, Students research political, physical, and cultural features of their own state or district and work collaboratively to create a state tourism map. http://education.nationalgeographic.com/activity/mapping-your-state/

Grades 3-5

Mapping the Classroom, Students practice using the language of location and then apply that language when creating a map of their classroom. They use the map to locate hidden items in the classroom. http://education.nationalgeographic.com/activity/mapping-classroom/

Mapping extreme natural events, Students use an interactive natural hazards map to construct their own maps of extreme natural events by United States region. Then they identify patterns. http://education.nationalgeographic.com/activity/mapping-extreme-natural-events/

Online:

Thinking Spatially Using GIS, structured lesson for upper elementary, http://edcommunity.esri.com/TSG

Grades 6-8

Online:

Mapping Our World, online mapping activities and lessons in geography, social studies, and environmental science, http://edcommunity.esri.com/Resources/Collections/mapping-our-world

Earth Science GeoInquiries, 15 minute earth science activities, http://edcommunity.esri.com/geoinquiries

Thinking Spatially Using GIS, structured lesson for upper elementary, http://edcommunity.esri.com/TSG

GeoInquiries for US History, 15 minute US History activities, http://edcommunity.esri.com/Resources/Collections/UShistory_geoinquiries

Grades 9-12

Video: Power of GIS Maps

Online:

Mapping Our World, online mapping activities and lessons in geography, social studies, and environmental science, http://edcommunity.esri.com/Resources/Collections/mapping-our-world

Earth Science GeoInquiries, 15 minute earth science activities on earth science, http://edcommunity.esri.com/geoinquiries

GeoInquiries for US History, 15 minute US History activities, http://edcommunity.esri.com/Resources/Collections/UShistory_geoinquiries