Giant Map of RI

The Giant Map of Rhode Island is officially in the schools now! A huge thanks goes out to Artena Fairbairn of Robertson Elementary School (Warwick) for leading the alliance initiative to bring this 16×24 foot map to Rhode Island Schools. If you are interested in getting the map, please email atibbetts@ric.edu with the subject line “Giant RI map” to request the map to come to your school.  Please include 3 weeks that would work best for your school schedule.  We anticipate that participating schools will have the map for a full school week (please be patient as the map travels to schools all over the state).

When in charge of a map at your school, keep in mind these do’s and don’t.  DON’Ts:

  • No bare feet (oils and sweat) or shoes on the map. 
  • Socks are required to walk on the map. 
  • No writing instruments (or anything sharp) on the map. 
  • No sliding on the map (jean rivets rip maps). 
  • Don’t leave the map unattended without a responsible adult in charge.

DO’s:

  • Make the map as accessible to as many students as possible. 
  • Make this an opportunity for a public event with VIPs and media.
  • Find ways to get interdisciplinary uses of the map to get more teachers involved to get publicity for your school.
  • Treat the resources carefully so they will stay clean and last for years. 
  • Wash the communal socks in the kits BEFORE giving the map to the next school. 
  • Transport the map to the next school with the map.
  • Take pictures (following your school procedures) and have fun!   

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