Lesson Plans

Below are a collection of lessons created by WIGA members or participants in WIGA workshops. Lessons can be sorted by grade level, title or author. You can also search for keywords by using the search bar.

To open a lesson, click on the lesson title (in bold below) and a new tab/window will open. The lessons are all in Google Doc format. Feel free to print, make a copy or download the lesson in your desired format.

Do you have a geography-related lesson you would like to share? Make a copy of our Lesson Plan Template and then share your completed lesson plan with wigeoalliance@gmail.com. We will review the lesson plan and then post to our collection below.

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Grade LevelLesson TitleKeyword(s)AuthorSpecial Labels (ELL, SPED, GT)
9,10,11,12The Fight for Civil Rights - A Nationwide Struggle
Using National Geographic Mapmaker Giant Maps to Teach about the African American Civil Rights Movement
Civil Rights, Mapmaker, Giant Maps, floor mapJeff Woodward
9,10,11,12Cold War Collaborative Mapping
Cold War, Google Maps, collaborativeBen Skifton
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8Using TOADS for Assessment
Maps, TOADS, assessment, Peter Michaud
6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12Emil's Journal: Mapping Primary SourcesPrimary Sources, Mapping, WWII, World War Two, Timeline, JournalLauren Mittermann
10, 11, 12Mapping A Vietnam Medal of Honor Recipient
Vietnam, Mapping, Storymap, ArcGIS, Medal of Honor, Cold WarBarnaby Cook
6, 7, 8Personal Geography: An Introduction to GIS using Google MapsGIS, Google Maps, 5 Themes, Intro, IntroductionJill Miller
7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12Create a Tour Map using ArcGIS Online of Google My MapsGIS, Google Maps, ESRI, ArcGIS, Tour, MapTodd Carter
7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12Car WashHuman Environment Interaction, InquiryLauren Mittermann
5, 6, 7, 8Fabric Maps and TOADSTOADS, Maps, Mississippi, River, Lake, SuperiorLauren Mittermann
6, 7, 8What Is Your Map StoryMap, LOC, primary, source, Sherri Michalowski
9,10,11,12Cold War - Truman Doctrine and Marshall PlanCold, War, Postwar, United, States, Library of Congress, LOC, Primary, SourceMelinda Redlinger
7, 8Old Earth Versus New EarthEarth, Exploration, Library, Congress, Primary, SourceKeith Michalowski
6, 7, 8How Does Geography Influence CultureCulture, Library, Congress, Primary, SourceSarah KopplinELL, SPED, GT
11, 12What Would You Build? Landscape and Society DevelopmentLibrary, Congress, Primary, SourceMax Grinde
5, 6, 7, 8Being A Map DetectiveLibrary, Congress, Primary, Source, Map, DetectiveAngela O'Regan
6, 7, 8Where You Live Affects How You LiveLibrary, Congress, Primary, Source, Native, AmericanBrenda Thayer
6, 7, 8Working Conditions Throughout TimeLibrary, Congress, Primary, Source, Industrial, RevolutionMelissa Brockman
6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12Our Town Over TimeLibrary, Congress, Primary, Source, Town, SanbornMikki Maddox
9, 10, 11, 12Whats Wrong With Milwaukee

Whats Wrong With Milwaukee (presentation)
Library, Congress, AP, Human, Geography, Civil, Rights, MilwaukeeGreg Stewart