Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Video: National Geographic's Giant Map of Asia

Learning about geography has never been so much fun!

The map was 41' x 31' and filled our MPR.

Watch our movie below!

Mrs. Yollis' Class Visits Asia! from mrsyollis on Vimeo.

The National Geographic Giant Maps are excellent learning tools!

We hope you enjoyed our movie!

Please leave a comment!


  1. Dear Class,
    I love how everyone gave facts about Asia. I never knew that the Dead Sea was so far below sea level. I also never knew that Mt. Everest was 29,035 feet above sea level. My dad climbed up Mt. Whitney, Mt. Ranier, and Mt. Shasta. Mt. Whitney is the tallest peak in the 48 contiguous states! All of these mountains are over 14,000 feet above sea level. Mt. Ranier is actually a volcano and at the top of it there is a ridge. If you climb over the ridge there is a snow packed crater about 10 feet down inside and about one mile wide. In fact, a small plane landed on top of it and could never take off again. It still sits there today.


  2. To Mrs. Yollis's Class
    I really enjoyed all the new items that are on the blog. I loved the video on Asia. How interesting and what a fun way to learn about new things. I'm so proud of all of you for winning that award. You are all so lucky to have a teacher as wonderful as Mrs. Yollis. You should all be so proud of yourselfs for all the work you put into this blog and your work. Keep it up. I cant wait to check back in when you have more new items.
    Dana Fausner (Shane F mom)

  3. Dear Class,
    Your Blog is amazing! The movie was great. I never knew that Asia has 47 countries.
    From, Gracie
    (Matthew's sister)

  4. Dear Class,

    Wow, great video. I've heard about the map, but now I know how big it really is. Good job, everyone.


    Rob Pfau (Mrs. Yollis' brother)

  5. Dear Class,

    I thought it was very interesting that you all learned facts about Asia, and the four highest mountians! It is also interesting that Mt. Ranier is a volcano!

    (Taylor's Grandma)

  6. Dear Matthew,

    I think that's so cool that your dad climbed FOUR mountains! And I never knew that Mt. Ranier is actually a volcano with a small plane on top of it.

    I have some questions for your dad: was it scary when he was climbing mountains? How did he do it? And how long did it take?

    Bethany :]

  7. Dear Class,
    Great job to everyone! That was one of our greatest blog posts ever! I learned a lot. You are all good actors.

  8. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I loved how you got the above shots looking down at the class during the Map of Asia movie. It looked like a professional camera person was doing it!

    You're a great teacher. Thanks for giving us fun ways of learning.

    Your student,

    Shane J :D

  9. To Mrs. Yollis' brilliant students,

    I'm a 3rd grade teacher in Connecticut and I thought your video was excellent! What a cool map, I wish I had one for my students. You are lucky.

    I liked how you explained the lines of longitude and latitude. It was easy to understand watching you walk on the map. Great job!

    Mr. Salsich
    (By the way, my first name is Jonah and my middle name is Matthew!)

  10. Dear Bethany,
    Thank you for the questions. It was a little scary because we left at one in the morning, it was pitch dark outside and the wind was blowing up to 50 miles per hour.

    I wore crampons (metal spikes), a headlamp, and was roped to four other climbers. We got to the top of the mountain just as the sun was starting to rise.
    Doug (Matthew's Dad)

  11. Dear Classmates,

    I love the Asia movie. I think we did an excellent job with speaking. No,"ums"either. I can't wait until we'll do another movie.


  12. Dear Class,

    Wow! What a big map. I can't believe it was 41'x 31'. I wish was could see it again.

    Shane F:)

  13. Dear Class,

    The props you guys used were so realistic. I thought I was really on Mt. Everest! Keep up the good work.

    Clementine :D

  14. Dear Mrs. Yollis' class,

    You are an amazing group of kids. The video was very educational and enlightening. You kids put alot of effort into your video.


    (Shane F dad)

  15. Dear class,
    The map of Aisa movie was great. I have forgot almost half of all the things in that movie,and you reminded me.All of you did a great job and so did Mrs. Yollis


  16. Dear class,
    That movie was a lot of fun to make, and it looked awesome.


  17. Dear Class,
    You guys did a great job.
    Mrs. Yollis,
    You are an amazing teacher.

  18. Dear Students of Mrs. Yollis,
    My name is Dan Beaupre. I work for National Geographic and make the Giant Traveling Maps. I'm so impressed with your experiences on the map and how much you've learned about Asia. Keep up the wonderful work, and thank you for sharing!
    Dan Beaupre

  19. Dear Mrs.Yollis and students,
    Dan from National Geographic forwarded your movie to me. We use the Giant Maps on Long Island, NY. In fact we are getting some of our schools ready for the Map of North America to visit us later this month. The Map of Asia came to us in March. I linked your movie to our website so that others can see how much fun and learning takes place with these great Maps. Go to this link and look for Gaint Maps inour Programs listing: http://www.nassauboces.org/ENVIROEDThank you for sharing your good work!
    Carolann James, Nassau BOCES

  20. Dear Lexi, Chloe, Emily, and Bethany,
    I love how you were actually wearing warmth and acting like it was cold up there. Also, I loved how you mentioned the mountains were 14,000 feet above sea level.

  21. Dear Class,

    I wish we could see that map again! My favorite country in Asia was India. What was your favorite?


  22. Dear Class,
    We are so lucky that the map came to our school. I had a lot of fun that week, and I can't wait for the North America map to come in January to our school.

    Shane J. ;D ;)

  23. Dear Mrs.Yollis,

    I thought the video was really cool. When I went inside I didn't even say a word. After my teacher Ms.Fitzner said we can go on the map I ran on it. When you went in did you say anything?

    Your student,

  24. @ Kayla,

    I was dumbfounded by the map, too! It filled the auditorium!

    My favorite thing to do was country hop. For example, I would stand in China and then hop north to Mongolia.

    We are getting the Giant Traveling Map of North America in January. I can't wait!

    Mrs. Yollis

  25. Dear Mrs.Yollis,

    I can't wait for the Giant Map of North America. I wonder if were going on it on my birthday because my birthday is in January. Are we going with any other classes?

    Your student,

  26. Dear Class,
    Thank you for this terrific learning tool. Besides learning so much about Asia, I am also very impressed with your clear speaking skills. This is a very good presentation that I can share with other teachers. Thank you!
    Denise Harlos

  27. @ Denise Harlos,

    Thanks for visiting our blog and for leaving such a nice comment about our movie! These National Geographic Traveling Maps are fantastic learning tools.

    Where do you teach?

    Mrs. Yollis

  28. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,
    you have a lovely blog! I absolutely love how you integrated videos of your students into your posts: it is adorable and quite informative! It looks like your students are having lots of fun! I never knew that the Dead sea was that far below sea level; I knew it was below sea level just not the exact depth. That's one cool map, and a brilliant idea of how to utilize it for learning!

  29. @ Dominique,

    Thank you for such a fabulous comment! Yes, the Dead Sea is way below sea level. We like to create movies that show our learning. That way, we can always go back and review what we've learned.

    Thank you for a fine comment!

    Mrs. Y♥llis


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