National Geographic Map Comes to the Western Slope
KREX News Room
CLIFTON, Colo.- School District 51 has a rare opportunity to explore a new way of teaching its students about geography. The school district is one of the few districts across the country that is fortunate enough to borrow a giant, traveling map from National Geographic.
The hands on, feet on experience turns the average gymnasium into a teaching tool, and it is estimated more than 200,000 students learn from these maps each year.
"It’s just a new, interactive learning experience for kids that kind of brings geography to them in a fun way," said Terri LeFebre, secondary school specialist at School District 51. “With the physical activity and memory that comes from that, it's just something a little bit different."
The maps even come with a big trunk of activities that cater to each specific location so teachers have access to everything they may need with no additional planning.
"It’s an opportunity that just doesn't come around very often,” said Kim Davis, a teacher at School District 51. “There are so many students and so many schools that want to take advantage of this opportunity."
The school district is currently borrowing a map of Asia, but school officials hope that come this fall, they can get their hands on a map of North America.
School officials aim to turn this way of learning into a tradition and they plan on sharing the map with other school districts on the Western Slope.