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North America Map

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Photograph by Denise Harts

Photo: North America Map

The Giant Traveling Map of North America brings geography home in a big way for American students.

On this 26’ x 35’ map, students traverse the continent from Alaska’s Aleutian Islands to the Panama Canal and from Iceland to Baja. Along the way they use their bodies to represent physical features, go on a westward journey to track population growth, and play an action-packed game of Simon Says. Older students looking for a challenge compare U.S. state carbon dioxide emissions and explore major watersheds of the continent. Like all Giant Traveling Maps, this map comes with a trunk of rich activities, games, props and educational resources.

Activities
Explore the continent with your students using these educationally powerful and fun activities:

Activities Overview
Journey Into North America
Simon Says…Explore!
Let’s Get Physical Features
Cardinal Capture
People on the Move
A Tale of Twenty Cities
To What Degree?
A Watershed Moment
Color Me Green
Additional Activities

“The ability to physically interact with the map creates a global sense of place.…if the map can fill a room, envision what effect it can have on a student’s imagination!”
- David Lanegran, Geography Professor, Macalester College

Click here to submit a request for a map in the 2014–15 school year.

See how third graders in Los Angeles are using the map creatively in their school.

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