Greetings, Instructors!

Welcome to the repository for the “Geographic Information Systems II,” or GIS II, course within the MSDE CTE HSEP program. What follows are lesson plans and curriculum guides designed to provide you with the ability to teach any lesson within any unit of the course. The development team realizes that all instructors experience a great deal of student and classroom variance – it’s just part of the job! These lessons are designed to give instructors the autonomy to adapt each learning experience – and the learning environment itself – to fit their students’ needs. It’s our hope that the scope and sequence of these lessons can help you increase your students’ learning, and improve your own experience teaching, in meaningful ways. Please note the following:

  1. The lessons are designed to be useful to the instructor with minimal preparation. A complete readthrough is required, and the exploration of all resources is recommended.
  2. The language of any learning objects is designed to be adaptable to your individual school system’s requirements.
  3. The timing and pacing of the lesson are not designed to fit into a specific timeframe. Some lessons may take multiple class periods, depending on the background knowledge and capabilities of the students.
  4. Wherever possible, the lessons have been designed to be culturally inclusive. Please make all adaptation and adjustments necessary and appropriate to meet the needs of the students.
  5. Engagement activities are not included because they are dependent on the students’ experiences and prior learning.
  6. All assessments are at the instructor’s discretion. Activities referenced in the lesson plans are appropriate for formative assessments. Summative assessments are not included with these lessons.

With that all said, let’s get to the resources!

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Unit 1
Lesson 1 – Introduction to Cartography

Lesson 2 – Map Layouts & Formatting

Lesson 3 – Thematic Mapping

Lesson 4 – Map Graphics, Tables, and Charts

Lesson 5 – Creating Map Books in ArcMap

Lesson 6 – Getting Started with ArcGIS Pro

Unit 2
Lesson 1 – Spatial Analysis in ArcGIS

Lesson 2 – Pattern and Cluster Analysis

Lesson 3 – Spatial Interpolation

Lesson 4 – Raster Analysis

Lesson 5 – Spatial Analysis with ArcGIS Pro

Unit 3
Lesson 1 – Geodatabase Uses & Structure

Lesson 2 – Geodatabase Concepts

Lesson 3 – Topologies in the Geodatabase

Lesson 4 – Enterprise GIS

Unit 4
Lesson 1 – 3D Data & Formats

Lesson 2 – Working with 3D Data in ArcGIS

Lesson 3 – Working in 3D in ArcGIS Pro

Lesson 4 – Lidar Data Management & Analysis

Lesson 5 – Visualizing 3D Data

Lesson 6 – Advanced 3D in ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online

Unit 5A
Lesson 1 – Geoprocessing Tools with ArcGIS

Lesson 2 – ArcGIS Toolboxes

Lesson 3 – ArcGIS ModelBuilder

Unit 5B
Lesson 1 – Esri Certification Program & Other Geospatial Certifications

Lesson 2 – ArcGIS Desktop Entry Exam Review

Lesson 3 – Final Project and Presentation

Lesson 4 – ArcGIS Desktop Entry Exam

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