Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Video: National Geographic's Giant Map of Africa!

National Geographic has a tremendous resource for schools called the Giant Traveling Maps! Mrs. Yollis' school had the Africa map this year.

Learning about geography has never been so much fun!

Watch the Mrs. Yollis' Class Visits Africa movie below!

The map was 26' x 35' and filled our MPR.

Here is the movie made last year when the class had the North America map. 

The first map the school had was the Giant Map of Asia.

What did you learn from watching one of the movies?

Which continent would you visit and why?


  1. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

    I loved your video! Your learning looked like so much fun!

    I've been to Africa once. In 1993, I spent a week in Egypt. It's an experience I shall never forget.

    Kind regards,
    Mrs. Watanabe

  2. Dear Mrs Yollis and students,

    Your are so lucky to have this wonderful Giant Traveling Maps visiting your school.

    I do remember your last huge map from last year. What a great way to learn about countries and best of all you get to sit right on top of them!
    I really enjoyed your African giant map. Your did a awesome job travelling to different parts of Africa. I really felt like I was on an African trip with you all.

    Great work everyone!
    Where to next?
    From your pal,

  3. Dear Mrs. Yollis and students,
    You are so fortunate to have a teacher who can get you such a huge map to learn from! I had never heard of these until I saw your video.
    Now I would like to get one for our school!
    My favorite part of your video is when you said the country name, walked over to the country and put a big red dot on it. It helped me visualize where every country is on the map.
    I think a gigantic map of the US would be a super fun way to learn all the state names. I wonder, do they have one of those too?
    Great work as always!
    Mrs. Hembree and the Bulldog Readers

  4. ★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

    Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    The Giant Traveling Maps of Africa, was unexpected to us students, and now we have a great video and a couple of two-point comments.

    With all of this quality, hard work, and passion that you have given, this video is impeccable! You added music, captions, and even credits! Another reason, is because, out of all the three posts that you made with the Giant Traveling Map, I think this African Video is the best. One reason is, you had more excperience than you did the other two times.

    Even though I did not get a part in the movie, I would still like to congratulate all of the other students, not just for being in the movie, but also making the movie inspiring!

    Your student,


  5. Dear Mrs. Yollis and Class,

    How lucky you are to experience maps in such a grand way! I love maps! If I could, I would have a map in every room in my house. I put a large world map on the wall in our main hallway, but my husband didn't like it there and so I removed it. A few weeks ago, I put it in a small hallway and he hasn't said anything yet. Maybe I can keep it there!

    I like looking at other parts of the world on maps and wondering what those people are doing right then. World maps remind me how big the world is and that my world is just a really, really small part of a big picture. They remind me that whatever may be bothering me is probably no big deal in the whole big picture of life. I can get a better perspective on life by looking at maps.

    If I could travel anywhere right now, I'd like to go to Palau. My parents just went there and said it was incredible. They did lots of scuba diving there and said the fish (including sharks) were amazing!

    My mother has been to all 7 continents. She has a "7" charm that she wears on a necklace because she is proud and thankful that she has traveled to all the continents of the world. It is a good conversation piece too!

    Thank you for sharing your map experience!

    R and J's Mom
    PS. What do you think my husband would say to a giant map on our family room floor? :)

  6. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I had a wonderful time participating in this unique event at school, and I can't wait for next year! What I hope to get next year is Australia, because of our exquisite blogging buddies there. I'm sure 2KM and 2KJ would be very happy that you went on Australia, and you maybe can find where they live on the map and take a picture of it.

    I learned that the primary source of the Nile River is the White Nile, and the Blue Nile is not! I remember that more than three quarters of the class thought that it was the primary source was the Blue Nile, but I guess we were wrong!

    My favorite activity that we did was getting a card, and we had to find the location as quick as possible. My team won a couple of times, therefore we weren't really what you might call the "Grand Champions."

    I wonder if after all the seven continents have been viewed at school, if Ingrid Hanzer would start all over, and if she would get them for us so for the years to come other classrooms would be able to have this memorable experience. I sure hope so, because other students would truly have a blast!

    I really would like to personally thank Ingrid Hanzer for this opportunity, and you, Mrs. Yollis, for taking a lot of your time to make this incredible movie for us.

    Your satisfied student,

    PS. I'm not sure if you noticed this or not, but all of the sentences are compound sentences, including this one that I am typing right now!


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