Giant Map of Colorado

National Geographic's Giant Map of Colorado Now Available!
Posted on 10/07/2018
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Teachers know how important it is for students to understand how Colorado is constructed.  They want the next generation of Coloradans to be familiar with well-known landmarks such as Mesa Verde and Rocky Mountain National Parks, historical sites including the Ludlow Massacre and Bent’s Fort, as well as understanding the physical landscape of the state.  Based on the highly-successful national giant traveling map program featuring continents and the Pacific Ocean, National Geographic created giant maps (14 x 21 feet) of each state that are now available for educational organizations.

National Geographic’s Giant State Maps provide an opportunity for educators and students to learn about their state in a rich and powerful way.  NW Colorado BOCES has purchased a map to encourage geographic learning through physical movement and games that teach students place names, physical geography, and cultural geography as well as map reading skills.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the Giant Map of Colorado?

The Giant Map of Colorado is an oversized vinyl floor map. It is a 14’ by 21’ map and requires a school gym or large room for use.  The map is in one piece, and requires no assembly.  It comes with a suitcase of materials to support lessons created by Colorado teachers.

How do I reserve the map?

Please contact Kimarie Hazelbaker at kimarie.hazelbaker@nwboces.org to reserve the Giant Map of Colorado. To check availability Click Here

How is the map delivered and returned?

The map comes in a plastic box that is approximately 36 x 16.8 x 7.8 inches, and the suitcase is approximately 28” x 17.5” x 10”. Both fit in the backseat of a Honda Accord. The map is to be picked up and returned to NW Colorado BOCES Media Center, 325 7th Street, Room 205, Steamboat Springs.

How do I care for the map?

There are a few rules to using the Giant Map:Make sure the floor where the map will be laid out is clean and cover any holes with file folders. No Shoes. No sharp objects. Ensure that everyone who stands on the map wears socks and has their pants’ cuffs turned up. No sliding.

What kind of curriculum comes with the map?

The curriculum ranges from opportunities for students to explore cardinal directions by standing on the states surrounding Colorado to investigations about rivers, towns, elevations, and population.  While the curriculum easily fits into fourth grade Colorado history, it can be incorporated into all grade levels and multiple classes, from criminal justice to environmental science.  Preschoolers to adults are able to learn on the Giant Map.

Please contact Kimarie Hazelbaker at kimarie.hazelbaker@nwboces.org for more information!

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