Our esteemed cartographic colleagues at National Geographic Maps have a new feature we hope will be as habitual as your morning cup of coffee, and a great go-to as you return to class. (For instructional supports, just scroll down!)
#MapOTD digs into the Society’s rich archives to explore the way we’ve seen the world:
The environment …
and the animals that live in it.
and political consequences.
and the technologies that let us explore.
and even ourselves.
Map of the Day is a great way to blitz students with different mapping concepts!
- What map projection to use? (Watch this video to see how our cartographers grapple with this eternal question of how to display data.)
- What colors to incorporate? (Use this graphic to understand how color is important in displaying information.)
- What is the best way to display the data? (Use this map to evaluate different ways to display geographic data—maps, graphs, charts, etc.)
As you return to the classroom, let Map of the Day complement our own peerless collection of standards-aligned activities and lessons on mapping and cartography. From familiarizing elementary students with maps of land and water, to introducing concepts like latitude and longitude, to engaging in inquiry-based mental mapping and map projection projects, we’ve got you covered.
Tell Us: Check out Map of the Day fand tell us which one is your favorite so far!