Giant floor maps
Canadian Geographic Education’s giant floor map program is a free resource offered to Canadian teachers from Kindergarten to grade 12. Each floor map comes complete with a trunk of additional supplies to further enhance students’ experience including map legends, activity cards, props and more. In addition, a teacher guide with ten curriculum-linked activities will help bring the map to life.
Each floor map is made of heavy-stock vinyl and measures 11 m x 8 m, roughly half the size of a school’s gymnasium.
The following giant floor maps are available for booking for a three week period loan:
- Arctic Alive
Highlighting the major ecozones of Canada’s North, students can explore the natural diversity and history of Canada’s Arctic region.
- Natural Resources Canada
This giant floor map celebrates the significant role GIS and geospatial technologies play in our day-to-day lives.
- Canada from space
This map, comprised of images taken by Canada’s RADARSAT-2, teaches students how Earth observation satellites monitor Canada’s environment, climate and borders.
- The Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement
This map explores the vastness and importance of Canada’s boreal forest, from the tip of Newfoundland and Labrador to the Yukon/Alaska border. Highlighting aboriginal treaty boundaries, protected areas and woodland caribou ranges, this map helps students learn the pivotal role this agreement plays in protecting this imperative ecosystem.
- Drawn to Victory
This map highlights not only the geographical location of the First World War but also the extent of the Western Front and major battles fought specifically highlighting battles with major involvement.
- Energy Production and Transmission
This map gives students the chance to explore and learn Canada’s energy story, highlighting where Canada’s energy is produced and where it goes.
- Parks Canada: Places and Spaces for Everyone
This map highlights Canada’s national parks, national marine conservation areas and national historic sites.
- Vimy Ridge
This map is a unique opportunity to explore an important moment in Canadian history through a geographic lens. The giant floor mapís 10 accompanying learning activities have students reading and interpreting trench maps, exploring the physical landscape and weather of Vimy during the battle, analyzing the role of the Canadian Corps, reflecting on war poetry and war slang, and examining the location and significance of the Vimy Memorial.
- Wild Migrations
As the first giant floor map to show all of North America, this map features migratory routes of 20 different North American species at risk. Students will be given the opportunity to examine how seasons play a role in these animals migration and where and why they stop along the way.
To book a map or for more information on Canadian Geographic Education’s giant floor map program, please visit education.canadiangeographic.ca
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