Grades 6-8

GeoInquiries are short, standards-based inquiry activities for teaching concepts found in commonly used textbooks, using interactive maps to make the activity place-based. All that is required is an internet connection for educators and students to access and interact with web maps; no login is required unless students wish to save their work. Over a dozen Geoinquiries appropriate for grade 6-8 have been developed so far.

Place-based learning: Geoinquries can also be "localized" for students using web maps from the Wyoming Student Atlas. A recent study has shown that the capability for a student to zoom in on a map and explore familiar, local context (such as their state or even their town) and then zoom out to explore larger contexts at a regional or global scale provides an advantage in engaging the student with specific themes.

Listed below are Geoinquiry activities that can be used "as is", customized to your specific lesson plan, or localized with web maps from the Wyoming Student Atlas:

Social Studies


  • Weather Forecasting - piloted at Natrona County School District middle school 
  • Winds and currents - piloted at Natrona County School District middle school
  • Natural hazards (earthquakes and tornados) 
  • Natural hazards (earthquakes, drought, hurricanes, wildfires, tornados and many other catastrophes) - under development for Campbell County School district elementary (2nd-6th grades) 


  • Energy Resources - Renewable and Nonrenewable