National Geographic Society has gifted all 50 states and the District of Columbia with a free classroom size map of their state using the expertise of National Geographic’s Cartographic Division and research on elementary spatial thinking. This project is an expression of the commitment that the National Geographic Society has to educators who are teaching students about the world and empowering them to make a difference. The State Giant Traveling Maps are the focal point of the National Geographic Alliance Network National Initiative for 2017, and maps are housed at the state Alliance.
Giant Traveling Map Lesson Plans
Provided by National Geographic to support learning with the State Giant Traveling Maps, this handbook contains a collection of classroom lessons, extension activities and educator background information. It also includes an overview of spatial thinking research regarding elementary students and lessons for use with the State Giant Traveling Map (designed for 3rd and 4th grade students).
This lesson plan is designed for high school students to visualize solar power projects within Idaho using the Idaho Giant Map and location markers for manufacturing, installation and research agencies.