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The latest K-12 ArcGIS Online resources covering geography, history and science

It’s that time again – a new school year! Are you looking for interesting, hands-on resources that will keep your students engaged? Well, check out our latest resources that cover topics in geography, history and science.

The K-12 group at Esri Canada has wrapped up another set of new resources for K-12 educators to engage their students in the new school year. The lessons, formally called lesson packs, have been updated to contain only an assignment and a lesson overview. The assignment includes tasks and questions on a specific topic for students to complete using ArcGIS Online. The lesson overview includes background information on the topic, curricular connections, links to tutorials and an updated story map presentation. Using the tutorials and background information, students will learn about the topic and the appropriate GIS skills needed to complete the assignment.

History Lessons

The History of Acadians in Canada
In this lesson, you’ll create maps that will become part of a story map about the history of Acadians in Canada, including significant places and key historical events that directly impacted them.

In The History of Acadians in Canada lesson, you will find out where historic Acadian communities are found in the Maritimes.

The Cold War
In this lesson, you’ll be tasked with creating a map to present key historical events, places and persons along with the lasting consequences they had throughout the world. You will then use the built-in geoprocessing tools in ArcGIS Online to perform analysis about certain events.

Geography and Science Lessons

The True North Strong and Free
In this lesson, you’ll create a map to investigate prominent geographic features from sea to shining sea in Canada, and to explore how these landscapes shape where humans and animals live in the true north, strong and free.

In this lesson, you’ll learn about where volcanoes are located, as well as the effects of volcanic and tectonic processes in Canada and around the world. 

In the Volcanoes lesson, you will create buffers around Garibaldi Mountain to assess the possible damage close to Vancouver, BC.

Check out the resources that were created in June, and find all our resources on the Lesson Planner.

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About the Author

Angela Alexander is a K-12 Education Resource Developer on the Esri Canada Education and Research team. She has over six years of experience working with educators across Canada. Angela is responsible for producing geographic information system (GIS) and curriculum specific resources, conducting and creating custom workshops for educators and judging and developing the question for the annual GIS Skills Ontario competition in Waterloo, Ontario. Angela has a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and Sociology from the University of Western Ontario and completed the Applied Digital Geography and GIS certificate program at Ryerson University.

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