Taking a walking tour of a giant Africa map

Posted on February 14th, 2013 by

Students peer into Ethiopia on a giant floor map of Africa. (Photo by Trent Campbell)

Students peer into Ethiopia on a giant floor map of Africa. (Photo by Trent Campbell)

The Gustavus Geography Department sponsored the visit of a giant floor map of Africa this week and invited area school children to come and take a walking tour of Africa. The map, which measures 26 feet by 35 feet, was on loan from National Geographic via the Minnesota Alliance for Geographic Education. With the help of Gustavus Elementary Education majors and the Geography Department, visiting second-graders took off their shoes to walk the map and learn about reading maps, cardinal directions, map scale, and places in Africa. The active, kinesthetic learning was a hit among the second-graders–and Gustavus students too!

The St. Peter Herald even covered the story here!

 

 

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