Third and fourth grade students at Half Day School explored Africa in a big way -- with the world's largest map of the continent.
The map, measuring 35 feet by 26 feet is designed as a geo-game board to introduce students to the power of maps and the diverse geography of Africa.
The map was at Half Day School from Jan. 18-27 as part of National Geographic's Giant Traveling Maps program, organized by National Geographic Live, the public programming division of the National Geographic Society.
The map's brightly colored, smooth vinyl surface accurately illustrates Africa's oceans, seas, rivers, mountains, countries and capitals.
Designed for grades K-8, it map comes with a trunk full of accessories, including interactive activities, props and photo cards that teach students about the physical characteristics of the continent as well as its rich history, marvelous wildlife and varied cultures.
Working in teams, students mark the equator with ropes to learn about climate and latitude. A relay race helps them learn all the countries; scavenger hunts and safaris introduce them to the continent's famed wildlife and varied environments.
This project was made possible through the volunteer efforts of District the 103 Parent Teacher Organization Cultural Arts program.
To learn more about the Giant Traveling Map project, for borrowing information or to download map activities, visit www.nationalgeographic.com/giantmaps.