2014 Giant Map of Africa

I was just informed that our proposal to receive a Giant Traveling Map from National Geographic was accepted!  Last year we had the South America map come to Rhode Island, and several schools found it to be a great event.  We’ll be receiving the map of Africa that comes with an excellent set of resources on 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 March 11th to the 26th and the Alliance wants to make this accessible to as many RIGEA members as possible. For schools with 4 RIGEA members, this map can be rented for a free of charge for the first day with any additional days at a rate of $150 per day. 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.  For schools without 4 RIGEA members, they can still rent the map for $150 per day.



For those interested, please send your request to rigea@ric.edu with the following information

  1. Include the subject line “Scheduling Africa Map”
  2. Select day(s) on or between March 11-26 that you would like to schedule the map with at least two alternative dates
  3. List the names of Alliance members (or future Alliance members) at your school.  This can be a “work in progress.”
  4. The name and address of your school
  5. 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 Rhode Island school on the list.  The map is VERY large (26′ x 35′) and rolled into a 10′ long transportation tube that can transported by a large van or a pick-up truck.  Please view this video for instructions on how to correctly and efficiently prepare and pack the map for shipping:

Logistically what should you expect?  If you have more questions, read here.


“Africa’s tremendous Sahara, deep forest, and endless savanna await your students on this visually stunning map, based on the September 2005 National Geographic Magazine map insert. The brightly colored map is 26’ x 35’, and clearly illustrates oceans, seas, rivers, mountains, countries and capitals. The map comes with a trunk of rich activities, games, props and educational resources. Explore the continent with your students using these educationally powerful and fun activities.”  

Let’s Explore Africa
Simon Says…Explore!
How Big Is Africa?
African Animal Safari
Fun With African Physical Features
Cardinal Directions
A Legend-ary Exploration
African Population
Additional Activities


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