Maps & History Websites
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Spring 2008
A great Google Earth tutorial, complete with videos and links to more information.
Real world data plotted to show how fast the flu is spreading
Google "Lit Trips", where you and your students can take Google Earth files already created and link them to books you are reading. (Primary teachers - try the Yellow Balloon trip!)
Another good Google Earth tutorial - very easy to go through and pick out easy or complex ideas for your class.
This blog is filled with ideas for teaching with Google Earth.
This school district site has a few cute and simple games for primary children to play. Most of the links involve games where children point or drag states and/or countries to the right spots.
Background information for the teacher. There is some research worth reading on how young children can work with maps, as well as a thematic map exercise that involves students collecting data and creating maps and map keys.
This game helps student name and remember the continents.
Very cute for primary students. As students click on different parts of the world, Franny goes to those places and the students are asked to click on different things that they can do in Canada, Africa, India, etc. (The things to do in those places are pretty limited, however.)
The Newberry Library's Historic Maps in K-12 Classrooms has a wealth of resources for students in all grades. This particular lesson asks primary students to look at maps more critically than we're used to, and to explain different views of the world. All of the handouts and maps are provided online.
Fall 2007
Search National Geographic's "Map Machine" for road maps, satellite maps, physical maps, and others organized by theme.
"The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow" from WILL-TV - interactive maps that include Jim Crow laws, population and migration, and locations of lynching and riots.
National Park Service's "Jamestowne 1607: Arriving in a New World"
The Jamestown Online Adventure, where students get to see if they could "do better than the real colonists."
Explore Chicago at the turn of the century using maps and photographs. Students can click on "Then" and "Now" to get an idea of the changes that have taken place in the last hundred years.
When you get to this site, click on "Labor Unrest in Chicago" or "Worlds of Prairie Avenue" to learn about the history of some Chicago neighborhoods.
The Labor Trail's neighborhood map allows you and your students to point, click, and explore important sites in Chicago's Labor History.
Organized by the Missouri Historical Society, this Lewis and Clark site involves a detailed "virtual journey" that students can take along the transcontinental exploration.
Here you will find historical state maps, territorial and multi-state maps, river maps, and more for the state of Illinois.
A few easy-to-access outline maps, including some U.S. historical maps has a wealth of resources, including interactive maps and the ability to create layered maps, for using and making maps of the United States.
Explanation and examples of map projections from
A site for older students and adults describing and giving examples of a vast variety of map projections
The U.S. Geological Survey provides scientific information intended to help educate the public about natural resources, natural hazards, geospatial data, and issues that affect our quality of life. Discover selected online resources, including lessons, data, maps, and more, to support teaching, learning, K-12 education, and university-level inquiry and research.