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Free Resources: The Newberry Library’s Historic Maps in K-12 Classrooms

Posted Jun 8, 2005
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We faithfully scan librarian Marylaine Block's "Neat New Stuff I Found This Week" e-mail newsletter (see her Web site at for gems that the K-12 sector might like and use, and we recommend her site and newsletter to you. She tipped her readers off to this Historic Maps in K-12 Classrooms resource recently.

From the Newberry Library's Historic Maps in K-12 Classrooms Web site:

"Historic Maps in K-12 Classrooms" has been prepared by the staff of the Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography at the Newberry Library. We hope that this site will help teachers at all grade levels make effective use of historic map documents in their classrooms to help students with their map reading skills and to foster a greater appreciation of the geographical dimensions of American history. The site has been designed specifically to support basic map and information acquisition skills at the K-2 levels and social studies, history, or geography teaching at other levels. We hope, however, that it will prove useful to teachers of other subjects, such as science and art.

Here's a sampling of available historic maps, each accompanied by lesson plans for K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12:

* The World Columbus Knew in 1482
* Fremont Surveys the Road from Missouri to Oregon, 1843
* Migration, Indian Removal and The Oklahoma Land Rush, 1890
* The Distribution of Woodland in the United States, 1873

There are lots more. And there's also an index "to indicate which lesson plans are appropriate for teaching the National Education Standards adopted by the National Council for the Social Studies and the National Council for Geographic Education."

Click HERE to link to the Historic Maps in K-12 Classrooms site.

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