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Dear LOR user,

Thank you for being a big part of this community. To better support the initiatives around open educational resources in the state of Michigan, all resources on the Michigan Virtual Learning Object Repository (LOR) are being moved to #GoOpen Michigan on September 30th, 2018. During the transition, our LOR will be moved to an archived state, not allowing new user registration or new content to be added. An email with more details was sent to registered users of the LOR in September. To make use of the great resources on the platform, we encourage you to create an account and add your own new resources to the #GoOpen Michigan platform.

GRACE Project

(GIS Resources and Applications for Career Education)

The GRACE Project introduced 60 schools, 120 teachers, and 5,000 students to the interactive mapping software, ArcGIS. A powerful tool for teaching and learning, GIS can be used to support instruction in social studies, STEM, and many project-based learning applications.

The collection of instructional resources below was used throughout the GRACE project. The lessons are organized by subject area and progress roughly from top to bottom by level of difficulty. The GRACE Lessons and Geoinquiries are more appropriate for novice GIS users while the Learn ArcGIS Projects require more sophisticated use of the ArcGIS mapping tools.

The GRACE project was sponsored by the National Science Foundation and carried out by EMU, MVU, MMSCN, MiCAMP, MESTA, and ESRI.

Learn more about the GRACE Project (

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GRACE Science Lessons

GRACE Social Studies Lessons

Earth Science Geoinquiries

US History Geoinquiries

Environmental Science Geoinquiries

Human Geography Geoinquiries

Learn ArcGIS Science Projects

Learn ArcGIS Social Studies Projects