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Although geography textbooks will provide maps, Maps for the classroom are important so that the entire group of students can see a larger and more simple to read visual aid for their lessons. The maps in the book are good for the students to refer to at home—once they have become accustom to reading the less challenging maps for the classroom during school. Locations will be simpler for students to find on a smaller map if the larger maps for the classroom have already been provided for them to view. It really is important that the children can read and understand the fine print and the keys on the maps found in their textbooks.
Maps for the classroom do not have to be as expensive as one would think. Do not imagine that these maps for the classroom have to take up too much classroom space. Most schools have projectors that can be used on very large screens. Thus, you will have very large maps for the classroom projected as visual aids that will take up little place in your desk and can be kept sorted according to lesson plans in a simple folder. With such maps for the classroom you can even point out more clearly to your students which areas you will be focusing on at that particular time in the lesson by using an erasable marker on the projection screen.
If your school has already provided you with wall mount maps for the classroom, your lessons will be most effective with a wand or pointing stick to point out for your students the rivers, bodies of water, cities, countries, islands etc. that your class will be studying that day. There are advantages to wall mounted maps for the classroom, the only disadvantage being, as I mentioned before—the amount of space that these maps may take up.
However, some schools and their curriculums do provide storage space and easy access to wall mounted maps for the classroom, you may even find them more effective to use, in a way, because paper maps can often be more colorful than projector-run maps for the classroom, and such colors and details can provide better visual aid and understanding for your students.
I cannot stress enough how important maps for the classroom will be to the success of your teaching. In fact, I cannot stress enough how essential any visual aids will be for your classroom. There are not only geography maps for the classroom available—but there are also maps for the classroom that cover science and history lessons, too. For example: maps of the moon or maps of Buckingham Palace, or any such place that is structured in a way that the students may not understand. How are types of houses, royal dwellings, villages and farmlands are structured differently now that there is more technology and there are better resources for farming, and living?
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