Here are some of the author’s favorite sites for maps:
1. Atlapedia (http://www.atlapedia.com). More than mapsstatistical data for the world’s countries, including geography, people, history, and economy. Special feature moves screen from physical to political map.
2. Color Landform Atlas of the United States (http://fermi.jhuapl.edu/states/states.html). Topographic, satellite, county outline, and postscript maps for every state, plus historical maps from 1895. Easy to use.
3. Flags and Maps of the World (http://www.plcmc.lib.nc.us/kids/mow). Find any country and print its map and flag in black outline. Great for coloring projects and reports.
4. How Far Is It? (http://www.indo.com/distance). Calculates distance in air miles between any two places and prints map. Also a tool for learning latitude and longitude.
5. National Geographic’s Map Machine (http://www.nationalgeographic.com/resources/ngo/maps). Many types of maps, including political and scientific/physical. Maps can be printed or emailed.
Lesson plans for using maps can be found at:
6. Mathematics of Cartography (http://math.rice.edu/~lanius/pres/map). Explains the basics: what is a map; map-making history; skills needed to use maps. Two games help students use their skills.
7. Teaching with Historic Places (http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/twhp). Lots of ideas for virtual trips and related learning experiences about history as places are “visited.”
8. USGS: Working with Maps (http://www.usgs.gov/education/learnweb/MA). A game/story for grades K-3. The site follows a girl as she views an amusement park from a balloon.
Gazetteers are used to learn place names and facts. Here are several good online gazetteers:
9. Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names (http://shiva.pub.getty.edu/tgn_browser). Basic facts about a country, city, or even villagelatitude and longitude, physical characteristics of the region, statistical data, and origins.
10. U.S. Gazetteer (http://www.census.gov/cgi-bbin/gazetteer). U.S. 1990 census data, searchable by city or state name or zip code. Includes a map.
11. USGS Geographic Name Server (http://mapping.usgs.gov/www/gnis/gnisform.html). Wide range of information about natural or man-made features in a state or city. Students enjoy starting with the map and then zooming into a smaller area and seeking data from search menus.