Lesson Plans

Montana Geospatial Education Online Toolbox (MTGEO Toolbox)

The Montana Geographic Alliance is working with the Montana Association of Geographic Information Professionals (MAGIP) to update Montana's Geospatial Education Trunk. The activities will be available online with physical supports (GPS units, compasses, etc.) available to loan out from MGA.

Access the MTGEO Toolbox

If you have ideas or activities to contribute, please contact us at MGA@umontana.edu. Let's keep building this curriculum resource!

Other Lesson Plans

Glacier National Park For Teachers

Glacier National Park offers curriculum-based programs de­signed to merge your educational goals and objectives with the nationally significant natural and cultural resources found in the park. Field trips, traveling trunks, curriculum materials, and teacher workshops are available. 

Yellowstone National Park Education Page

A collection of links to Yellowstone online resources, including Animal Alphabet Book (Grades K-1), Expedition Yellowstone (Grades 4-6), Yellowstone Kid's Quiz, and Natural History of Yellowstone (high school).

PlaceNames project (University of Montana)

The focus of this curriculum is on building cross-cultural relationships between traditional Bitterroot Salish ~ Pend d'Oreille worldviews and science using Google Earth and tribal culture. Students explore their "sense of place" and come to know the seasonal round that frames a Salish ~ Pend d'Oreille worldview.

From Montana to Mars: Exploration from 1803 to 2003, and Beyond (Montana Geographic Alliance)

from montana to mars book cover

A workshop/curriculum guide for teaching geography and science through literature, 112 pp. Spiral bound, available from MGA.

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National Council for the Social Studies Resources

NCSS U.S. history collection, social studies trade books, curriculum standards, and more.

Google Lit Trips

An incredible resource for teachers of reading or literature. Google Earth tours tracing the travels and events occurring within the story, with abundant links to related web resources. There are "lit trips" for scores of books at each grade band. Don't miss this resource!

USGS Learning Web

The U.S. Geological Survey provides scientific information intended to help educate the public about natural resources, natural hazards, geospatial data, and issues that affect our quality of life. Discover selected online resources, including lessons, data, maps, and more, to support teaching, learning, education (K-12), and university-level inquiry and research.

A Student's Guide to Global Climate Change

EPA developed A Student's Guide to Global Climate Change to help provide students (and educators!) with clear, accurate information about the causes and effects of climate change—as well as the steps we can all take to help solve the problem.

Heating the Earth: A Guide to Global Warming (Broken Link)

Introductory information and a list of interesting websites to help students explore the causes and effects of global warming.

A Teacher's Introduction to Google Earth and GPS Receivers

A Teacher's Introduction to Google Earth and GPS Receivers book coverby Heather Almquist, Lisa Blank, Jeffrey Crews, and Jennifer Estrada

2010, SpatialSci Press, 61 pp.

A Teacher's Inroduction to Google EarthThis tutorial provides a step-by-step introduction to Google Earth and GPS receivers. It also includes learning units developed by Montana teachers participating in the University of Montana’s Paleo Exploration Project. These standards-based units demonstrate how simple spatial technologies may be employed to support inquiry-based learning in the classroom. The lessons may be adapted for different topics, grade levels, time or resources available, or used as is.

National Geographic Virtual Library

This collection brings together a complete archive of national Geographic magazine along with a cross-searchable collection of National Geographic books, maps, images and videos.

Geography Awareness Week

This year's Geography Awareness Week (GAW) theme is "Explore the Power of Maps".  GAW will take place from November 15-20, 2015.  More details to follow!

Association of American Geographers Teaching and Learning Materials

The AAG supports the development of teaching and learning materials through collaborative programs and projects, including Project GeoStart, A Teacher's Guide to Modern Geography, and Human Dimensions of Change.

National Geographic's My Wonderful World

My Wonderful World is a National Geographic-led campaign to give kids the power of global knowledge. This site includes program information, a program blog, online geography quizzes, games, and more.

National Geographic Education

National Geographic's new education site features teaching resources,including activities and projects organized by grade level.

Discovery Education Lesson Plan Library

Discovery Education combines scientifically proven, standards-based digital media and a user community in order to empower teachers to improve student achievement. Free lesson plans written by teachers for teachers. Here you will find hundreds of original lesson plans for elementary, middle and high school students. Use them as they are or modify them to create your own.

Cloudnet Geography Lesson Plans and Resources

As the title suggests, a loosely organized Muligan srtew of resources.

National Peace Corps Association Classroom Materials

Lesson plans, curriculum, and teaching materials focusing on international relations and human rights.

Asia Society Teachers' Resources

A variety of resources designed to infuse a global perspective into various disciplines including social studies, language arts, science, and math, organized by level.

Amnesty International Film Curriculum Guides

An assortment of curriculum companions to many contemporary, award-winning films.


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