Waconia students learn on giant map of Africa

Seventh grade students at Clearwater Middle School in Waconia traverse a huge map of Africa during special geography exercises on Monday, Jan. 21. (Patriot photo by Todd Moen)

Seventh grade students at Clearwater Middle School in Waconia traverse a huge map of Africa during special geography exercises on Monday, Jan. 21. (Patriot photo by Todd Moen)

Students at Clearwater Middle school in Waconia were exploring Africa in a big way last week — with the world’s largest map of the continent. The map, measuring 35 x 26 feet, is designed as a geo-game board to introduce students to the power of maps and the diverse geography of Africa.
It was in Waconia as part of National Geographic’s Giant Traveling Maps program, organized by National Geographic Live, the public programming division of the National Geographic Society.
The map, designed for grades K-8, accurately illustrates Africa’s oceans, seas, rivers, mountains, countries and capitals. It comes with a trunk full of accessories, including interactive activities and props and photo cards that teach students about the physical characteristics of the continent as well as its rich history, marvelous wildlife, and varied cultures. This map was made available through the generosity of the Minnesota Alliance for Geographic Education.
Clearwater students have enjoyed learning with similar large continent maps. Last year, they used a map of Asia and the year before that, the map was of South America.
To learn more about the Giant Traveling Map project, for borrowing information or to download map activities, visit www.nationalgeographic.com/giantmaps.

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