Giant Floor Map Kit
The Giant Floor Map Kit is an innovative, interdisciplinary kit for teaching K-8 concepts in a geographic context. The Kit includes a one-of-a-kind, two-layered map of the United States, as well as a book of hands-on activities, lesson plans and 50 state foam puzzle pieces.
K-8 teachers can use the two-layered map of the United States to teach math, reading, science, social studies, and even physical education in a geographic context. Housed in a central location, this school-wide kit can be checked out by teachers at all grade levels and subject areas. Great for classroom use, after-school programs, family events, or indoor recess. Activities in the accompanying Resource Guide are fun, interactive, and hands-on.
Your kit includes
-11' x 14' base map of the United States showing physical features 50 state puzzle pieces -An extensive Resource Guide with hundreds of activity ideas for teaching geography, math, reading, science, and history
-3-D pieces for mapping and graphing
-Colorful map key poster
-Convenient carrying case
-When students step onto the map, they become map elements, such as mountains, rivers, plains, or even human bar graphs.
-With state puzzle pieces, students learn state sizes, shapes, locations, and distances.
-With washable markers, students can add content to the vinyl base map.
-With 3-D pieces, students can graph populations, temperatures, etc.
This Map Kit has been field-tested extensively with elementary and middle-school students. Psychologists at Northwestern University conducted research with the Map Kit. Research reveals that involving students kinesthetically is an effective way to build spatial intelligence.