“Scaling Up Classroom Maps”
Daniel C. Edelson
Vice President, National Geographic Education
Usually, when you talk about the scale of a map, you’re talking about the ratio of distances on the map to distances in the real world. These days, however, when educators working with National Geographic maps talk about scale, they may be talking about how big the map is. For example, a teacher may have her students working on a map at the “scale” of a tabletop, a large wall, or even a basketball court.
So what’s going on with all these big maps? Well, we’ve learned that kids find large maps to be magnetic. And not just young kids. Teens and adults find large maps irresistible as well.
Imagine walking into your school gym and finding half of the floor covered in a glorious, full-color, National Geographic map of Asia. If your school is one of those that has signed up for a visit from one of National Geographic’s Giant Traveling Maps, you could.
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Photograph courtesy Mark Thiessen, National Geographic.