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You Have Maps101 - Now Learn What You Get

Posted on August 29 2021

You Have Maps101 - Now Learn What You Get

Dear Educators,

The new school year is upon us. COVID-19 continues to affect the way many will teach. Fortunately, however, you have access to Maps101 and all of the content within it. As an online education platform with thousands of pieces of content, you merely have to open up your subscription to start getting its benefits. Now, learn more about what is included in it.  Let’s take a look at some highlights. 


With a name like “Maps101” you KNOW we have maps for you. We have THOUSANDS of maps for you. Many are exclusive to Maps101, made by our highly educated team of cartographers. These include physical maps, political maps, thematic maps, outline maps, and an exclusive Reference Atlas with CIA Factbook statistics. We even have maps specifically designed for K-3. We also have a large archive of maps from National Geographic.

Lesson Maps

Maps101 is far more than maps, however. We have exclusive interactive lessons called Lesson Maps, that provide all of the lesson content your student needs in order to understand the topic, with images, context, and engaging, multidisciplinary insight. Lesson Maps even include a full Teacher-Wraparound Edition resource to help you teach the lesson topic. Suggested activities are leveled for all learners, including ELL, and they include direct instruction. SEL activities are included throughout, and critical-thinking skills are the backbone of the activities. With Maps101, you can explain the world to your students!


A great peek at a Lesson Map for the early part of the school year is “Causes of the Revolutionary War.” Students will be able to answer these Essential Questions after learning the content:


Essential Questions

  • What were some of the causes of the American Revolutionary War?
  • Why did British troops march on Concord, Massachusetts?
  • Why was the British victory at the Battle of Bunker Hill considered a pyrrhic victory?
  • Why did British forces want to control the Hudson River Valley?
  • How were American forces able to defeat the British at Yorktown?

As a teacher, you can look at the Teacher-Wraparound Edition to discover new ways to teach the content. Maps101 Connections provides you with other content within Maps101 that extends the topic.

Geography News Network (GNN)

Also included in a subscription with Maps101 is the Geography News Network—a weekly news article and map that focus on current issues or timeless topics that engage students in all subject areas. Each article includes critical-thinking questions at the end, to initiate classroom discussion. GNN also includes a junior version for younger learners that appears monthly basis. It includes more margin space in the PDF version for note-taking and is at the reading level of, and on topics of interest for, upper elementary students. 

More Interactive Lessons
for Students

GeoInquiries and GeoQuests provide students with interactive lessons that are connected to layered maps. They help students expand their understanding of the role mapping plays in all curricula. Topics include science, English language arts, and mathematics, in addition to social studies. There are also state-specific lessons that focus on geographic, economic, and social data for each state.

Curated Collections: Climate Change

Maps101 contains numerous curated collections on important topics, including Women’s History month, Black History month, and climate change. In the climate change collection, we focus our attention on Earth and the challenges our planet faces due to changes in the climate. With severe drought, massive fires, record high temperatures, and flooding happening all over the world, it is clear that climate change is a topic students will need to focus on and understand today, and for their future.


Identifying As the Summer of Where winds down, students coming back in the classroom have their own unique stories. Using Maps101, ask students to find a map and use the Map Sketch tool to help them tell the story of what they did this summer. Students may choose a map of your state or other states that they visited during the break, to tell their stories. Encourage students to identify locations to connect their narrative to places and geography. Have interested students share their stories with the class.

SEL Activity
As students present their Summer of Where stories, ensure the audience listens. Each student should develop at least one question for the presenter. This will help students stay focused on the story. Call on selected students to share their questions and have the presenter answer as appropriate. Encourage students to actively engage in listening. You may want to explain that everyone wants to be heard and understood. When it is their turn, they too would want others to listen to them. As needed, model asking questions and making appropriate nonverbal signs of communication to show you are listening, such as nodding.

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