World Maps are a fantastic educational tool for all ages and all subjects. There are unlimited possibilities to use maps. Younger students can familiarize themselves with the world through large and interactive maps. Students in science courses can use maps to study tides and physical geology. Math teachers can utilize maps for spatial skills and learning distances. Geography teachers can reference maps to demonstrate new concepts.

With large wall maps, educators have a world of possibilities. Here are some suggestions for how to use maps in your classroom.

  1. Teach geography. We start with the most obvious. Use your map in a geography course as an important reference for students. Teach them where important places are, distances between locations, countries and capitals, and more with a large wall map.
  2. Challenge perceptions. Challenge students to reevaluate their perceptions. Display an unusual world map – perhaps one that shows the world upside down, or maybe one that uses the Peters Projection. Show students that their preconceived notions may be incorrect.
  3. Encourage younger students. Select a map specific to younger students, such as a map that shows a simplified version of a traditional map. These maps are often larger, so that students can see them from far away, and share an age-appropriate amount of information.
  4. Display historic maps. Display historic maps to show students the change in our understanding of the world over time. Place historical events in context by pairing them with a historical map. Match maps to your current topic by century or by place the map originated. Mark battle locations, historical events, or famous people on your maps.
  5. Explore science. There is a large range of ways maps can be used in science classrooms. Use a physical map to examine land forms and rivers, look at a map with time zones and tides to discuss astronomy, and study mapping technologies.
  6. Interact with maps. Interacting with a map will help students to Find an interactive map for students to play with. Consider an interactive corkboard map, or a sticker map with magnetic animals.
  7. Inspire students. A world wall map opens students to how large the world is, and can inspire then to visit new places or seize new opportunities. Inspire students to think big when imagining their world.

How do you use educational maps? If you’re a teacher, how do you utilize maps in the classroom? Let us know in the comments below.