Here are various options for your year-end activities! Whether you are introducing your students to geographic information systems (GIS), or to recapture the new map viewer or trying out a new activity where you collect data outdoors, you are sure to find something to do.
The students are excited and are eager to run around outside. The subject matter has been reviewed over and over again and we are seeking challenging yet educational projects to finish the year in a dynamic way. This is the time to implement new activities, explore new avenues and try something different.
Take this opportunity to start your GIS adventure!
We have several tutorials designed for the students to discover geographic information systems (GIS) in a practical and stimulating way.
Enroute with ArcGIS Online has three tutorials that will introduce your students to GIS.
En route with ArcGIS Online provides three tutorials that will introduce your students to GIS in a fun way.
- Discover ArcGIS Online teaches them to find locations, to change basemaps, to use bookmarks and to experiment with clustering tools while manipulating data related to Canadian railway stations.
- Discover data teaches them to add information to a map with a design layer, to find data by searching in the Living Atlas and to change the symbolization of Canadian greenhouse gas emissions to better highlight the data contained in the layer.
- Configure Pop-Ups teaches them to customize the content in pop-ups in a layer of data featuring twenty years of humpback whale observations in the estuary and St. Lawrence Gulf, for example by editing the title, extracting the data from the attributes table and adding a photo to the text. This tutorial will also allow them to use short scripts, introducing them to programming.
Would you perhaps prefer to select a class project that will take you outside?
The class project What is this trash (Quels sont ces déchets?) will help you to collect data on the condition of the neighbourhood surrounding your school.
We recommend Quels sont ces déchets? (What is this trash? in French only). This resource will guide you in the development of a project where students observe and collect data on the condition of the neighbourhood surrounding your school. You can conduct the project as it is presented, completing the steps one by one, or use this project as guide to create your own! In addition to being fun and dynamic, this project give your students the chance to use their creativity, their critical thinking, their sense of observation and analytical skills.
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If you wish to start on your GIS adventure, visit our web site to obtain free access for you and your students: k12.esri.ca.
For more activity ideas and a wide range of resources, visit our K12 Resource Finder.