CartoCraze Geography Blog

Welcome to our Geography Blog. We'll be discussing many exciting geography topics here, some including mini-lessons for your class. It is our hope to share interesting geography topics with you and we hope you'll follow this blog and share it with others!

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  • HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!

    In China it is the Year of the Rabbit!  We crave dim sum!  We long for a stroll on the Great Wall!  We ponder the marvels -- and length!-- of the Silk Road!

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  • Up in the Trees! Down on the Ground! A Small Furry Bear!

    Here at Maps for the Classroom we are still enjoying our search for unusual creatures, as we are still looking for the perfect mascot for our CartoCraze site!

    We noticed in the blog entries so far we have been focusing on several cold-blooded types-- so this week we expanded the search for something a little warmer!

    Share our excitement for the Malayan Sun Bear who happens to be the smallest member of the bear family.  

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  • Martin Luther King, 1929-1968

    "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. "

    Martin Luther King was born in the city of Atlanta, Georgia in 1929.  He was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee in 1968.  

    Take time to remember -- and learn about -- his vocation.  Be inspired by his dreams.  

    Visit this National Park Service commemorative site for teaching tips.
     

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  • DISASTER IN THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE-- too much water!

    If your class studies current events, you could not help but note the widespread flooding that has been disastrous in Australia. In Queensland, the city of Brisbane has been hardest hit. Starting last month, in December 2010, continuing into this week, people have been forced to evacuate their homes and businesses as the waters rose to 30 feet -- and even 50 feet -- in some areas.

    The threat of more flooding is still a mammoth problem even as the waters recede slightly this week. Over 70 towns have been affected, with great loss of property and human life.

    Studying this widespread disaster points out how geography is linked to our everyday lives.  Terms related to geography come up continually when studying this flood disaster that affected over 200,00 people.

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  • CARTOGRAPHY as a CLASSROOM PROFESSION!

    Why not make your students try out a CLASSROOM PROFESSION?

    One super-interesting job is that of CARTOGRAPHER! Use our large desk-top size maps to give your kids a chance to feel what it is like to make a map! Not only do students ENJOY working on our maps, but they LEARN easily at the same time.

    LARGE MAPS are perfect for SMALL HANDS!
    LABELING inspires REMEMBERING!
    DRAWING IN PHYSICAL FEATURES makes GEOGRAPHY FUN!
    USING A MAP KEY helps teach SYMBOLS!
    COLORING AND SHADING is CARTOGRAPHIC ARTISTRY!

    For instance, our AFRICA map is a great map for all grades of STUDENT CARTOGRAPHERS.

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