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!Subscribe to RSS Feed
"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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Have you ever seen a city or town map that shows not just the surface of the area, but also the buildings? Here at Maps for the Classroom, we have in our collection an old map of our city of Providence, Rhode Island. This old map was known as a “plat” map. It shows both streets and physical structures in the city. The map is very plain but handsome! It has really nice lettering, and looks almost hand-drawn. For accuracy, all the of map was drawn to scale and has a charming filigree compass rose!
The map does not have a copyright date, so it took a little sleuthing to figure out when it was drawn!Read More
Here at Maps for the Classroom, it is an understatement to say that WE LOVE MAPS! I guess you could say that we love looking at the world through maps of all kinds! Old and new, paper and digital -- maps OF all ages, and FOR all ages!
We make our own maps, we encourage students to be cartographers by using our activity maps, and we search out the maps of others! We love hearing about map collectors (more about that in a future blog post!) and we like seeing how others present a view of the world through different scientific and artistic map efforts.
We own and appreciate several of the wonderful maps published by the National Park Service of the United States.