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Head Outdoors this Summer with Maps101

Posted on June 26 2022

Head Outdoors this Summer with Maps101

Dear Educator,

No matter how you calculate the start of summer—with Memorial Day weekend or summer solstice— summer is in full swing. And that means people are heading outdoors. At Maps101, we are focusing this week on content that helps you plan where to go, what to do, and how to get there!

Also, check out our Summer of Where landing page to discover even more content to inspire you as you plan how to bridge the learning gap that comes with the inevitable summer slide.

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Field Trip Library

Nearly every community has parks. You can even watch birds at your local park. For young learners, they benefit from learning about different types of parks in this interactive Field Trip. They will discover more about playgrounds, city parks, state parks, and national parks, as well as examples of each. So, get out your binoculars, walk your dog, or jog on over to a park near you this summer! (And, when your students are back, use this Field Trip to re-engage them at the start of the year with a fun, popular topic that is relatable to them.)

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Geography News Network

One place many people will visit this summer is the Grand Canyon. This GNN article explains the history of this national park that attracts visitors from around the world. The canyon was carved through layers of rock by the Colorado River, beginning about six million years ago. Erosion still shapes the canyon today. 

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Of course, the Grand Canyon is not the only park in the National Park Service. This Field Trip explores other, famous national parks in the United States, such as Acadia, Badlands, Denali, the Everglades, Great Smoky Mountains, Saguaro, Yellowstone, and more. Engage your students at the start of the new year with this overview of the nation’s parks. Which national park would students like to visit and why?

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 Field Trip Library

Those who live near or visit parts of the Pacific and Atlantic coasts may enjoy watching whales or dolphin this summer. Did you know that orcas, or killer whales, are actually dolphin? Find out about these large, ocean mammals in this exclusive Field Trip. 

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Geography News Network

If you live near a city with a zoo, you or your students may find yourself going there this summer—maybe more than once. Zoos provide people with the opportunity to see animals they may not otherwise be able to encounter in the wild. Zoos also help conservation efforts through breeding programs. However, the animals in zoos are held in captivity. While people work hard to care for these animals and learn about them, the animals are not in the wild where they would naturally live. Some of the most popular zoo animals are featured in this GNN article, including: elephants, tigers, giraffes, gorillas, and . . . you’ll have to read the article to find out the others! What do students think about zoos? Are they beneficial or harmful? 

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Another place people like to visit in the summer is a farm. For younger learners in particular, it is helpful for them to make the connection between someplace they have been and a visual representation, such as a map. This K-3 farm map is ideal for helping students see how to represent places. What can they identify on this farm? What place would they like to make a map of that they have visited? 

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This is a small sample of the kind of content available to you with your Maps101 subscription. Every week, the editors at Maps101 will provide you with highlights from our extensive collection in this GeoJournal newsletter. We suggest you make a folder to store them for future reference. Expand your students’ world with Maps101!

Don’t forget to visit our Summer of Where landing page to discover even more content to inspire you this summer, and frankly, anytime!

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