Giant 'Traveling World Map' comes to Binghamton elementary school

Published 12/14 2016 05:20PM

Updated 12/15 2016 12:02PM

Students at Binghamton's MacArthur Elementary are getting a larger-than-life lesson in geography.

Librarian Lonna Pierce has secured National Geographic's Traveling World Map for two weeks.

The giant map is displayed on the hallway floor for students to crawl on and learn more about the world.

The map is of North America and measures at 35x26 feet.

Students played "Simon Says" and were instructed to sit on certain parts of the map including oceans, rivers and states.

Pierce says the lesson gets the kids excited and keeps them moving.

"When you're touching something and feeling it, you're using more senses.  You're not just using your eyes and ears.  There are games we are playing to make it more fun and memorable," said Pierce.

The map comes with a key as well as lessons for students to take part in.

Pierce discovered the map when looking for a virtual field trip for students.

Other maps that are available showcase Asia, South America, Europe and the Pacific Ocean.

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