Giant floor maps
Arctic Alive: Explore the natural history of Canada’s Arctic
The Arctic is full of life and comprised of more than fifteen ecosystems, thousands of plant and animal species and is home to more than 100,000 Canadians. Students can explore the natural diversity of Canada’s North through this giant floor map developed in partnership with the Canadian Museum of Nature (CMN). The map and the ten curriculum-linked activities encourage students to challenge and refine their perceptions of nature in the Arctic through the CMN’s four main disciplines: zoology, botany, palaeobiology and mineralogy.
Learn how to introduce this resource to your class with this helpful guide.
Get your students exploring the Arctic before the map arrives with this helpful introduction lesson.
The Giant Floor maps are available on loan for 3-week periods throughout the school year and by special request during the summer.
Floor map dimensions:
- Dimensions 10.7 m (35') x 7.9 m (26')
- Diameter of Shipping tube: 32 cm (13")
- Trunk: 82 cm (32") x 46 cm (18") x 58 cm (22.5")
The activity trunk includes:
- Teacher’s guide (hard copies of all activities)
- All required materials for 10 activities (download activities below)
- Specimens from the Canadian Museum of Nature
- Media kit (this will be e-mailed to you upon the completion of your reservation)
- A hard copy of a press release and background information
- A list of suggested ways to get media attention
Arctic Alive giant floor map activities (click to download)
Defining the Arctic
Natural History on the Record
Adaptation: The Role of Survival
In the Field
Areas of High Diversity
Beneath the Surface
The Arctic Through the Ages