Association of American Geographers:   K-12 Education

Teacher’s Guide to Modern Geography Educational Resources Quick Links

Lessons available in Quick Links (Grades 6-12)

  • Malaria
  • Command Economy
  • Empires: Rome
  • The Mormon Trek
  • Correlation: Graphing Relationships

Download Quick Link Lessons PDF Grades 6-12

AAG-Esri Connect ED GeoMentors Program:

Working to enhance GIS and geographic learning in K-12 schools through the introduction of ArcGIS Online into classrooms across the country. ArcGIS Online Training for Educators.  Educational content includes links to:

  • About ArcGIS Online
  • ArcGIS Online Training for Educators
  • ArcGIS Online: Available Courses, Lessons, and Activities
  • Training Materials for Different Engagement Types
  • Data Sources and Learning Resources

Available Courses, Lessons, and Activities

Geo-Inquiries: Designed to be fast and easy-to-use instructional resources that incorporate advanced web mapping technology. Each 15-minute activity is intended to be presented by the instructor from a single computer/projector classroom arrangement. No installation, fees, or logins are necessary to use these materials and software.

Earth Science Example: (Grades 6-9) Topics include – topographic maps, remote sensing, climate change, earthquakes, volcanoes, and mountain building.

US History  Example: Topics include – The War of 1812, Underground Railroad, World War I, Dust Bowl, and Hot spots in the Cold War. Designed for high school students

Advanced Human Geography:  Example topics include: scale, globalization, US demographics, and toponyms. Designed for high school students

Grade 4 Interdisciplinary: Topics include – time zones, street maps, seismic events, energy production, and biomes.

Advanced Environmental Science and Biology Example: Topics include – Population dynamics,  Megacities, 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 Designed for high school students

 Thinking Spatially using GIS: Developed to enhance spatial learning for upper elementary students and to provide teachers with comprehensive and easy-to-use resources for GIS instruction in the classroom.  Available at no-cost to download at ArcGIS Online and use in classroom instruction; includes 4 modules, with 9 lessons, on Magellan’s circumnavigation of the globe, Mapping and Touring a Zoo, Early Settlements of the U.S., Patterns of growing populations, Tornados

Mapping Our World: (Grades 6-12) Developed to enhance GIS learning, and to provide teachers with comprehensive and easy-to-use resources for GIS instruction in the classroom.  Available at no-cost to download at ArcGIS Online and use in classroom instruction; includes 7 modules, with 13 lessons, on Geographic Inquiry, Geology, Climate, Populations, Boundaries, Economics, Forces of Nature

ArcGIS Online: Guided Projects: (Grades 6-12) Projects include an overview and several related lessons. Current projects include: No Dumping – Drains to the Ocean, In Pele’s Way, A Place to Play, Mud is Thicker than Water, Southern Discomfort, A Capitol Offense and Graduating to Better Health.

My Community, Our Earth: Sustainable Development Classroom Exercises (Grades 6-12).  The first page of each exercise is a brief lesson plan; the second page is a worksheet for students.  4 lessons include:  Ecological Footprint Activity Guide, Green Economy Scavenger Hunt Activity Guide,  Food Inventory Activity Guide, Hazards in My Community Activity Guide