Check the following resources out for some Elementary School fun!

  • Undercover Mapper – (Free) Our new (free) Undercover Mapper series introduces students to an interactive experience with ArcGIS Online in a fun yet educational way. Right now there are two 30 minutes activities but we are developing some more “story lines” and will compose a whole series within the next month or so. Teachers have permission to edit and change these as they wish. Just cite original source.


  • Elementary GeoInquires – (Free) Click on the “Elementary” icon. These were designed for grade 4 social studies and science with some great math intersections. These geoinquiries that are designed for teachers to use to teach their content though many teachers who have access to computers or tablets/ipads have their students complete them as a hands-on activity. These are in the Creative Commons so can be edited. Just cite original source.


  • Thinking Spatially – (Free) Designed specifically for elementary students for a bit longer hands-on geospatial technology experience.These have been converted to ArcGIS Online are curated quarterly to be sure they stay fresh and functional.


  • ArcGIS Online for Schools – (Free) Everything that any educator would like to know about ArcGIS Online, the GIS for Schools ArcGIS Online donation program and where to sign up. If you are not in the classroom yet, you can sign up for a free Developers account that will provide a mini Organization account to learn on.


  • GIS for Teachers – Our newly released GIS for Teachers: A Gide to Authentic K-12 Integration and Application is the only resource on this page that has a cost. This book is the first textbook for teaching teachers GIS integration and we have found that classroom teachers are excited about it too. If you dig into this book, there are sections on elementary integration of GIS and geospatial activities and how to implement them in the classroom. There is a fair dose of pedagogy in the front section and woven in throughout as well as a robust ancillary website. This book uses ArcGIS Online.