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We have the GIANT Floor Map!!

April 19, 2009
Timothy McDonnell

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The New York Geographic Alliance has made an important purchase of a GIANT Floor Map of the United States, that measures 11 ft. by 14 ft. It's a relief map on a durable tarp. Also included with the map are large foam cut-outs of the 50 states, which can be placed on the map. (They are not as durable, however).

We tried it out recently at an Earth Day Celebration at Monroe Community College. Some of the students had fun playing Twister. (I'm not sure what you do if you need to stretch from Maine to California!). On April 30th, we are partcipitating at the Cool Kids Ecofest at Genesee Community College (Batavia), and we're bringing the map with us. We're doing a contest with the map.

NYGA wants to make this map available to you, if you are doing workshops or Family Geography nights. If you are interested in trying it out, email Tim McDonnell or call the NYGA office at (585)-292-2398. Carol Gersmehl also has the same kit at Hunter College, and she will be glad to share it with New York City/ Long Island teachers.

Photo below: Students at Cool Kids Ecofest try out the Giant Map with a friendly game of "GeoTwister."

 

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