Updated November 2014

National Geographic Education: Maps

Sizable collection of interactive maps are customizable, printable

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  • Social Studies

  • Critical Thinking
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National Geographic Education's Maps page includes a collection of useful handouts and activities to supplement your history, geography, or science curriculum. There are printable maps (political, historical, thematic, and physical), GeoStories, and the MapMaker Interactive, as well as some map games.

You can use these resources in a variety of ways, and with a number of different grade levels. For example, the GeoStory "Hominin History" takes students on a multimedia walk around the world with ancient relatives; the map game "Adventure Island" explores maps and map symbols while helping a tour bus driver navigate the island. Teachers will find the MapMaker tool especially valuable, as it allows you to adjust a variety of elements, like location, legend, and type (satellite, topographic, streets, etc.) -- these tools can help you tailor just about any map to your content and classroom needs.

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Claire P. , Other
Such a great website! There are tons of maps that allow you to supplement geography & history lessons, as well as ways to teach students how to read/use maps, interact with stories while looking at maps, and even create their own maps!
I think the project is great as a teaching tool, but there is a lot to look at and comb through to be able to use the website as a teaching tool. I love all the different types of maps and think that it would be beneficial for my students to be able to see the places they are learning about in relation to where they live, and also to see the places they are learning about- rather than just hear about that.
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