I was just informed that our proposal to receive a Giant Traveling Map from National Geographic was accepted! Four years ago we had the South America map come to Rhode Island, three years ago the Giant Traveling map of Africa, and two years ago we had the map of North America, and last year we had the Pacific Ocean Map come to the Ocean state. Many schools find this a great way to make a fun event for the whole school.
This year, we will be receiving the Giant Map of Asia which comes with an excellent set of resources. The world’s oceans are so much more than just the empty spaces between land…and this map brings that to life. This trunk with lessons and materials can show you how to interactively teach, explore, learn and play with this specific map as a part of your curriculum. This map will soon be coming to Rhode Island; it will be available for schools and teachers to use from March 7th to April 9th. The Alliance wants to make this accessible to as many members as possible. For schools with RIGEA members, this map can be rented free of charge for two days (possibly more depending on demand and the schedule). Remember that it’s free for teachers, administrators and parents to sign up to become RIGEA members—consider this your chance to recruit them for a good cause for your school AND the Alliance.
If you would like to simply attend an event with the Giant Traveling map, RIGEA will be hosting a event, free to the public that will feature, use, and explore this map in great detail. This will be on March 14th (3:00-5:00pm) at Rhode Island College in the Student Union Ballroom. Additionally, the Asia Map will be on display at the Rhode Island State Bee on March 31st.
SCHEDULING THE MAP:
For those interested, please send your request to Amy Tibbetts (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the following information
- Include the subject line “Scheduling Asia Map”
- Select the number of days you would like to request the map. S
- Select the day(s) on or between March 7th-April 9th that you would like to schedule the map with at least two alternative dates.
- List the names of Alliance members (or future Alliance members) at your school. This can be a “work in progress.” You can sign them up yourself (with their consent of course).
- The name and address of your school.
- Contact information for the person who will be responsible for transporting the map to the subsequent school (phone and email).
The borrowing school must transport the map and trunk to the next school on the list. The map is VERY large (33′ x 26′) and rolled into a 10′ long transportation tube that can be transported by a large van with the seats removed or a pick-up truck. Loading and unloading is NOT a one-man job (it’s possible in a pinch, but it is a very serious workout for me). Please view this video for instructions on how to correctly and efficiently prepare and pack the map for shipping:
Although this is logistically very cumbersome, it is amazing to see students light up while on the map. Logistically what should you expect? If you have more questions, read here.