NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC GIANT TRAVELING MAP OF NORTH AMERICA
IS COMING TO SPECTRUM PROGRESSIVE SCHOOL
Students at Spectrum Progressive School will soon be exploring North America in a big way — with one of the world’s largest maps of the continent. The map, measuring 35 feet by 26 feet, gives student explorers an interactive experience through rich content and exciting activities that make geography fun. It will be at Spectrum from January 11, 2016 to January 22, 2016 as part of National Geographic’s Giant Traveling Maps program.
The brightly colored, smooth vinyl surface of the map accurately illustrates North America’s oceans, seas, rivers, mountains, countries and capitals. The map, designed for grades K-8, comes with a trunk full of accessories, including interactive games, geography adventures, atlases and books that teach students about the physical characteristics of the continent as well as its rich history and varied cultures. One of the activities is “A Tale of Twenty Cities,” in which students explore the physical and economic reasons behind the locations of North American cities.
Since Spectrum Progressive focuses on the Multiple Intelligences the National Geographic’s Giant Map offers great opportunities for us to reach learners with various learning styles,” stated Kelly Kerchner,
Middle Elementary Teacher.
“Experiencing a map of this size can really awaken a student to the power of maps and the limitless depth of geography,” said Dan Beaupré, vice president of National Geographic’s Education and Children’s Media group. “Whether they are using the map to learn place names or to compare state-to-state CO2 emissions, students are physically involved in a hands- and feet-on way that makes geography into an event.”
National Geographic’s Giant Traveling Maps program was introduced in 2006 with a map of Africa and has since expanded to include giant maps of North America, Asia, South America, Europe and the Pacific Ocean. In the 2015-2016 school year, hundreds of thousands of students will interact with these maps. In addition to school venues, the maps appear at museums, festivals, fairs and corporate and educational conferences. The maps reinforce National Geographic’s commitment to increasing geography education through teacher professional development, K-12 curriculum, live events and academic competitions like the National Geographic Bee.
National Geographic is a global nonprofit membership organization driven by a passionate belief in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world. It funds hundreds of research and conservation projects around the globe each year. With the support of its members and donors, it works to inspire, illuminate and teach through scientific expeditions, award-winning journalism, education initiatives and more. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com and find National Geographic on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest. For more information about resources and experiences for educators to inspire young explorers, visitNatGeoEd.org and find educator updates on Facebook and Twitter (@NatGeoEducation).