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Giant Traveling Maps

Photo: Students on Europe map
Book a map for the 2015–16 School Year

Photograph by Dan Beaupre

National Geographic Giant Traveling Maps are enormously entertaining and educationally powerful tools for introducing geography and map reading skills to students, grades K-8.

What better way to teach young people the power of maps and the limitless depth of geography than a basketball court-sized map of a continent on which they can explore, travel from country to country, hop around, compete, collaborate and have lots of fun?

National Geographic’s Giant Traveling Maps, produced by National Geographic Live, tour the country’s schools, bringing hands- and feet-on geography education to hundreds of thousands students each year. Designed to promote geographic literacy by igniting interest in geography, the maps and accompanying activities incorporate physical movement and games to teach students place names, physical geography, and cultural geography as well as map reading skills.

These floor maps of Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, South America, and the Pacific Ocean are available for rent, each accompanied by a complete teacher guide, activities, game props, and educational resources.

“The map was the best Social Studies activity I have seen in my 33 years of teaching.”
- Wisconsin Elementary Teacher

Read interview about Giant Traveling Maps with Dan Beaupré of National Geographic.

  • Photo: Kids on Map
    Rent a Map

    Giant Traveling Maps of Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, South America, and the Pacific Ocean are available for rent.

  • Photo: Map container
    What to Expect

    Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions for more on how to book a map, prepare for its arrival, take proper care it, and help your school community get the most out of its Giant Traveling Map experience.


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