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This page contains your assignments for the Mapping/GIS Unit. For this unit, it is important that you complete the activities in series (meaning start with number 1). Each activity builds upon the previous ones and they become more difficult as time goes on. Please refer to the Vocabulary Page if you have trouble with the language in each assignment.

All Data required for the lessons below can be found on the Media Library > Fitzjarrald > ESRI

Assignment 1: Basics of ArcMAP

Software: ArcGIS 10 (ArcMAP)

Duration: 2 Days

Instructions: This lesson introduces the basic concepts and tools of GIS. It will guide students in navigating the computer to find ArcMap documents and data and acquiring fundamental GIS skills such as manipulating layers, zooming in and out, and identifying attributes of Geographic features.

This assignment is your first introduction to the world of GIS. As such, you will be doing some basic map editing for this assignment. For this assignment you will need copies of the instructions which can be found here: Module1Lesson1 Instructions. As you progress you will need copies of the Activity Sheets for this unit. Both of these documents are also available to you in the binder located at each island.

Assignment 2: The Geographic Inquiry Process

Software: ArcGIS 10 (ArcMAP)

Duration: 2 Days

Instructions: Students will learn the steps of geographic inquiry: ask, acquire, explore, analyze, and act. To test a geographic hypothesis , they will calculate people/phone line ratios and develop a plan of action based on their findings. They will begin to gain awareness of links between GIS and scientific inquiry, public policy, and economics.

Student files can be found here:

Assignment 3: The Earth Moves

Software: ArcGIS 10 (ArcMAP)

Duration: 2 Days

Instructions: Students will observe seismic and volcanic activity patterns around the world, analyze the relationships of those patterns to tectonic plate boundaries and physical features on the earth’s surface, and identify cities at risk.

You can find the student information files in the usual places.

Additional Materials: A world map will be hanging in the classroom. Ask Fitz for the dots and pins.

Assignment 4: Life on the Edge

Software: ArcGIS 10 (ArcMAP)

Duration: 3 Days

Instructions: Students will investigate the East Asia portion of the ring of fire, where millions of people live with the daily threat of significant seismic or volcanic events. They will identify zones  of tectonic plate subduction and populations at risk.

You can find the student information files in the usual places.

Additional Materials: Colored Pencils are in the drawer when you need them.

Assignment 5: Running hot and cold: a global perspective

Software: ArcGIS 10 (ArcMAP)

Duration: 3 Days

Instructions: Students will explore characteristics of earth’s tropical, temperate, and polar zones by analyzing monthly and annual temperature patterns in cities around the world. In the course of their investigation, students will observe temperature patterns associated with changes in latitude as well as differences caused by factors such as elevation and proximity to the ocean.

You can find the student information files in the usual places.

Assignment 6: Seasonal Differences

Software: ArcGIS 10 (ArcMAP)

Duration: 3 Days

Instructions: Students will observe patterns of monsoon rainfall in South Asia and analyze the relationship of those patterns to the regions physical features. The consequences of monsoon season on human life will be explored by studying South Asian agricultural practices and patterns of population distribution.

You can find the student information files in the usual places.

Additional Materials: Butcher paper and markers can be provided, just ask Fitz.

Assignment 7: The march of time: A global perspective

Software: ArcGIS 10 (ArcMAP)

Duration: 3 Days

Instructions: Students will analyze the locations and populations of the world’s largest cities from the year 100CE through 2005CE. They will describe spatial patterns of growth and change among the world’s largest urban centers during the past two thousand years and speculate on reasons for the patterns they observe.

You can find the student information files in the usual places.

  • Activity Sheets
  • Instructions
  • Supplements

Assignment 8: Growing Pains: a regional investigation of Europe and Asia

Software: ArcGIS 10 (ArcMAP)

Duration: 3 Days

Instructions: Students will compare the processes and implications of population growth in one of the world’s fastest growing regions, sub-Saharan Africa, and the slowest growing region, Europe. Through the analysis of standard-of-living indicators in these two regions, students will explore some of the social and economic implications of rapid population growth.

You can find the student information files in the usual places.

  • Activity Sheets
  • Instructions
  • Supplements

Additional Materials: Drawing paper and markers.

Assignment 9: Crossing the Line: A global perspective

Software: ArcGIS 10 (ArcMAP)

Duration: 3 Days

Instructions: Students will explore the naturea nd significance of international political boundaries. Through an investigation of contemporary political boundaries, they will identify boundary types, compare patterns of territorial morphology (size and shape), and explore the relationship of boundaries to national cohesiveness and economic potential. By comparing 1992 and 2007 world political boundaries, students will observe the evolution of boundaries over time.

You can find the student information files in the usual places.

  • Activity Sheets
  • Instructions
  • Supplements

Additional Materials: Map of Europe

Assignment 10: A line in the Sand

Software: ArcGIS 10 (ArcMAP)

Duration: 4 Days

Instructions: Students will study the creation of a new border between Saudi Arabia and Yemen. Using data from the June 2000 Treaty of Jeddahh, they will draw the new boundary established by the treaty and analyze the underlying physio-graphic and cultural forces that influenced the location of that boundary. In the process they will come to understand how any map of the world must be considered a tentative one as nations struggle and cooperate with each other.

You can find the student information files in the usual places.

  • Activity Sheets
  • Instructions
  • Supplements