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Overlap Maps - Sunflower Education

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2 to 12
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Overlap Maps is a wonderful resource to easily and instantly compare any two places on earth! Choose from countries, lakes, states, man-made features, other natural resources, or wildfires...more
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Overlap Maps is a wonderful resource to easily and instantly compare any two places on earth! Choose from countries, lakes, states, man-made features, other natural resources, or wildfires in each of the two columns. (The site states that new categories will be added soon.) Then click the arrow to see the result. The first choice is instantly displayed as an overlay on top of the second via Google maps, along with a description stating what the map shows. Find the URL to your map by clicking Share. You can also share via Twitter or Facebook. There is an option to print your map.
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tag(s): area (66), continents (49), countries (76), map skills (79), maps (287), measurement (159), rivers (21), states (162), visualizations (14)

In the Classroom

Use an overlap map on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to compare states, countries, rivers, and more. Use this to give students a perspective on geographic size of earth features that they can't see by looking at a standard map. Challenge students to find states or countries that are similar in size, then compare and contrast geographic features. This tool would be especially important when explaining the concept of map scale or square miles/meters. In math class, use it to show a practical application of the concept of area. Have students use an overlap map when presenting state reports. Find a similar sized state (or country), then use the map as part of the presentation. Have a new student from another state or country? Create an overlap map to begin discussion of comparative size of where they came from to where your classroom is located. Try an overlap map to compare locations students read about in Globetracker's Mission or books they are reading. Include it in discussions about the impact of a country's size on its culture in world language or cultures classes.

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