Giant floor maps
Canadian Geographic Education’s giant floor map program is a free resource offered to Canadian teachers from Kindergarten to grade 12. Each floor map comes complete with a trunk of additional supplies to further enhance students’ experience including map legends, activity cards, props and more. In addition, a teacher guide with at least ten curriculum-linked activities will help bring the map to life.
Each floor map is made of heavy-stock vinyl and measures 11 m x 8 m, roughly half the size of a school’s gymnasium.
The following giant floor maps are available for booking for a three-week period loan:
- Canada from space
This map, comprised of images taken by Canada’s RADARSAT-2, teaches students how Earth observation satellites monitor Canada’s environment, climate and borders.
- Drawn to Victory
This map highlights not only the geographical location of the First World War but also the extent of the Western Front and major battles fought specifically highlighting battles with major involvement.
- Energy Production and Transmission
This map gives students the chance to explore and learn Canada’s energy story, highlighting where Canada’s energy is produced and where it goes.
- Mapping Democracy - CPAC Route 338
With the focus on democratic literacy, this map allows students from primary to senior to explore all 338 federal ridings from coast to coast to coast.
- Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada
This map shows the locations of Indigenous communities, residential schools, reserves and more. Rather than political borders, Canada is broken up into Indigenous language groups.
- Polar Knowledge Canada
This map looks at the world from a circumpolar perspective. Use this map to explore the Arctic region and discuss why the Arctic circumpolar region is so important.
- Vimy Ridge
This map is a unique opportunity to explore an important moment in Canadian history through a geographic lens. The giant floor map’s 10 accompanying learning activities have students reading and interpreting trench maps, exploring the physical landscape and weather of Vimy during the battle, analyzing the role of the Canadian Corps, reflecting on war poetry and war slang, and examining the location and significance of the Vimy Memorial.
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- Arctic Alive
Highlighting the major ecozones of Canada’s North, students can explore the natural diversity and history of Canada’s Arctic region.
- Natural Resources Canada
This giant floor map celebrates the significant role GIS and geospatial technologies play in our day-to-day lives.
- Parks Canada: Places and Spaces for Everyone
This map highlights Canada’s national parks, national marine conservation areas and national historic sites.
- Wild Migrations
As the first Giant Floor Map to show all of North America, this map features migratory routes of 20 different North American species at risk. Students will be given the opportunity to examine how seasons play a role in these animals’ migration and where and why they stop along the way.