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Giant map helps Lincolnshire students explore Asia

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  • Third-graders Mario Babbo, left, Narayan Manthena and Max Poretto pose for a picture while exploring a giant map of Asia at Half Day School in Lincolnshire Friday. It is part of National Geographic's Giant Traveling Maps program and will remain at the school until Jan. 17.

       Third-graders Mario Babbo, left, Narayan Manthena and Max Poretto pose for a picture while exploring a giant map of Asia at Half Day School in Lincolnshire Friday. It is part of National Geographic's Giant Traveling Maps program and will remain at the school until Jan. 17.
    photos by Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Sharyn Powell's third grade class explored a giant map of Asia at Half Day School in Lincolnshire on Friday. The map measures 26 feet by 35 feet.

       Sharyn Powell's third grade class explored a giant map of Asia at Half Day School in Lincolnshire on Friday. The map measures 26 feet by 35 feet.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Rishabh Wuppalapati takes a picture of Josh Cohen and Ally Ralston on the giant map.

       Rishabh Wuppalapati takes a picture of Josh Cohen and Ally Ralston on the giant map.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

 
 

The world's largest map of Asia made a stop at Half Day School in Lincolnshire on Friday.

The map is made possible by National Geographic's Giant Traveling Maps program and will remain at the school until Friday, Jan. 17.

Third- and fourth-grade students got a chance to explore the continent by crawling across the sprawling map, which measured 26 feet by 35 feet, on the gymnasium floor.

Kids walked across the entire map exploring various countries, then broke into groups of three and four as they posed for pictures in parts Asia.

"It's a wonderful hands-on experience for the kids to really get to know the continent of Asia," said third grade teacher Sharyn Powell. Powell's class spent the last week learning about the continent.

The brightly colored map helped students explore the physical characteristics of oceans, seas, rivers, mountains and countries.

The project was made possible by the Lincolnshire-Prairieview Elementary District 103 Parent Teachers Organization, Cultural Arts program.

To learn more about the Giant Traveling Map project, for information or to download map activities, visit www.nationalgeographic.com/giantmaps.

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