Middle school

GeoInquiries are short, standards-based inquiry activities for teaching map-based concepts found in commonly used textbooks. 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, to explore a range of topics.

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.

Available "Geoinquiry" activities (coming soon) which can be used "as is" or customized to your specific lesson plan or localized with web maps from the Wyoming Student Atlas:

  • Voting patterns (U.S. and states of Washington and Wyoming) 
  • Defining freedom (U.S., other countries, Wyoming)
  • This Land is Your Land (U.S. states and territories, Wyoming)
  • Energy
  • Earthquakes and tornados