Students at The Colorado Springs School
(CSS) will be exploring Asia in a big way over this next week — with
the world’s largest map of the continent. The map measures 26 feet by
35 feet and is designed as giant game board to introduce students to
the diverse geography of Asia. It will be at CSS from Tuesday,
December 11, 2012 – Wednesday, December 19, 2012 as part of National
Geographic’s Giant Traveling Maps program, organized by National
Geographic Live, the public programming division of the National
The map’s brightly colored, smooth vinyl surface accurately
illustrates Asia’s oceans, seas, rivers, mountains, countries and
capitals. Designed for grades K-8, the map comes with a trunk full of
accessories, including interactive activities and props and photo
cards that teach students about the physical characteristics of the
continent as well as its rich history, wildlife, and varied cultures.
In “Cardinal Capture,” teams of students use cardinal directions to
move student “pawns” around the map, capturing opponents. In “To What
Degree?” teams compete against each other to find the most locations
using latitude and longitude coordinates. Foam balls and hoops are
used in “Geo-gym” games that each students the diverse geography of
the Asian continent.
Primarily students in Kindergarten – 5th grade will schedule times to
use the map activities as they learn geographical facts about the
continent. Did you know that Asia is the largest and most culturally
diverse of the continents? However, the map is a centerpiece for the
Children’s School’s (Kindergarten – 5th grade) Geography Fair on
Wednesday, December 19, from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in the Louise
Honnen Tutt Field House on campus.
“The beauty of the map is that it is so life-like that the children
can walk on the map and see the relationships of the countries and
physical features such as mountain ranges and rivers,” said Dr. Patti
Nelson, Head of the Children’s School at The Colorado Springs School.
“This tool is the perfect complement to our commitment to experiential
The overall study of Asia in Children’s School has each grade studying
a specific cultural topic in their classrooms:
Kindergarten and first grade are focused on the Animals and Birds of Asia.
2nd and 3rd grades are focused on the people and costumes of Asia.
4th grade are studying the Architecture of Asia.
5th grade are focused on Art Forms of Asia.
In art class, students are creating a variety of art projects that
represent different countries of Asia.
Kindergarten: Paper Bag Good Fortune Cat Sculptures,
1st Grade: Chinese Ink Drawings of Pandas and Clay Bamboo Inspired Vases,
2nd Grade: Clay Dragon Heads and Tan-gram Puzzles of Chinese Zodiac Animals,
3rd Grade: Woven Paper Fish Sculptures and Watercolor Paper Lanterns
4th Grade: Indian Rangoli with Recycled Materials (plastic bottle
tops) and Korean Longevity Drawings – Based on the Ten Symbols of
Longevity in Korean Culture,
5th Grade: Japanese Paper Lanterns – Designed with traditional
Japanese themes and motifs in mind andOrigami Pinwheels, Cranes, and
These art pieces will be displayed and help decorate the culminating
activity on December 19, 2012 in the Louise Honnen Tutt Field House.
The map will also be used by some 6th – 12th grade classes at the school.
ABOUT THE COLORADO SPRINGS SCHOOL (CSS)
CSS offers an experiential educational curriculum for PreKindergarten
– 12th graders. Through superior academics and mentoring, The Colorado
Springs School prepares students to think independently and to meet
the needs of a dynamic world with leadership, ingenuity,
problem-solving skills, and personal integrity. Learn more at
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ABOUT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC GIANT TRAVELING MAPS
National Geographic’s Giant Traveling Maps program was introduced in
2006 with a map of Africa, and has since expanded to include maps of
Asia, North America, South America and the Pacific Ocean. Each map
measures 26 feet by 35 feet and is loaned to schools and other hosts
with an assortment of activities. In the 2011-2012 school year it is
estimated more than 450,000 students will interact with one of these
“These maps teach geography in a way that nothing else does. It is a
physical as well as mental experience,” said Dan Beaupré, director of
education partnerships for National Geographic Live. “The hands- and
feet-on experience makes a lasting impression on students and sparks
The maps also help showcase My Wonderful World, a multiyear National
Geographic-led campaign to improve geographic literacy and to help
students become more informed global citizens. The campaign
(mywonderfulworld.org) is designed to improve the geographic literacy
of young people ages 8-17 by motivating parents and educators to make
geography more available and accessible in school, at home and in the
To learn more about the Giant Traveling Map project, for borrowing
information or to download map activities, visit
The National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest
nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. Founded in 1888 to
“increase and diffuse geographic knowledge,” the Society’s mission is
to inspire people to care about the planet. It reaches more than 400
million people worldwide each month through its official journal,
National Geographic, and other magazines; National Geographic Channel;
television documentaries; music; radio; films; books; DVDs; maps;
exhibitions; live events; school publishing programs; interactive
media; and merchandise. National Geographic has funded more than 9,600
scientific research, conservation and exploration projects and
supports an education program promoting geographic literacy. For more
information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com