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Screen Shot 2013-11-24 at 12.03.51 PMTeachers are always looking for maps to user in class.  And of course looking for ones that don’t coast money.  If you need a simple prepared map that you can print.

The National Atlas has prepared genref200reference and outline maps of the United States that you can print or use online. The reference maps display general reference features such as boundaries, cities, capitals, major highways, rivers and lakes, and terrain. Outline maps showing county boundaries, State boundaries, capitals, or other basic features are also available. Maps without labels are included for students and teachers of American geography. The maps are in color, but will also print or copy well in black and white.

The maps are available in the following formats.

  • GIF (Graphics Interchange Format)
    These maps are for use on the World Wide Web and can be viewed in your browser window.
    File Sizes: Each map page in GIF format is between 50 – 218KB.
  • PDF (Portable Document Format)
    These maps can be printed using your home or office printer. Each map is designed to fit a 8.5- by 11-inch sheet of paper.
    File Sizes: Each map page in PDF format ranges from 1 – 9MB.

    You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader software to view and print PDF files.

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Why Integrate Map Making into Curriculum?

  • It’s fun and engaging!
  • Creates ties between content and place
  • Maps are interactive and easy to update
  • Maps can be great assessment tools

Good Content for Map Making

  • You have information or data that is place-based.
  • You want to show
    • information that varies depending on location.
    • distribution of something over an area.
    • a path or route of travel.

What Can Be Included in a Map

  • Text
  • Hyperlinks
  • Photos and Images
  • Video

Examples of Maps

Examples from QUEST

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Maps-of-War presents a special list of the best multimedia war maps from the world wide web.

This is an amazing site for social studies and history, geography teachers.  Oh heck it is great for anyone interested in history.  Very powerful and chalk full of resources teacher can use.

The History Engine is an educational tool that gives students the opportunity to learn history by doing the work—researching, writing, and publishing—of a historian. The result is an ever-growing collection of historical articles or “episodes” that paints a wide-ranging portrait of life in the United States throughout its history and that is available to scholars, teachers, and the general public in our online database.


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The National Archives invites you to “pin your history to the world” at Historypin. This new media/map mashup site allows users to overlay photographs, videos and audio recordings on Google maps. Come help us put NARA on the map! Upload your digital files, add descriptive information and personal narratives to these items, and experience how familiar environments have changed over time in front of you. You are also encouraged to share your own memories and stories related to the records as well.

We launched with the following collections:

  • Mathew Brady Civil War photographs
  • Images from the Environmental Protection Agency’ Documerica photographic documentation project of the 1970s
  • Photographs of streets, buildings, and historic events in Washington, DC
  • Images used in the recent History Happens Here augmented reality contest.

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Based in Portland Maine, Historic Map Works, LLC is an Internet company formed to create a historic digital map database of North America and the world. Drawing on the largest physical collection of American property atlases of its type, it is our aim to be the single best online destination for map enthusiasts and researchers alike.

In addition to our own atlas collection, we incorporated our scans of the antiquarian world map collection from the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education located at the University of Southern Maine. Combining these collections allows site visitors a vast amount of information spanning several centuries of cartographic information.

Historic Map Works’s map collection includes:

  • United States Property Atlases
  • Antiquarian Maps
  • Nautical Charts
  • Birdseye Views
  • Special Collections (Celestial Maps, Portraits, and other historical images)
  • Directories and other text documents

The vast majority of our database was created by scanning an original map at a high resolution by our team of highly skilled image technicians. After scanning, this team processes out the major imperfections while maintaining the look of an antiquarian map.
Click here for a video demonstration.

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Google Map Maker lets you add to and update the map, for millions of people to see in Google Maps and Google Earth. You can add your local knowledge for over 180 countries and regions. Get started mapping the places you know.

  • Your town Add detail to your town. Put your local coffee shop on the map, trace the outline of your town library, or place your favorite bookstore in the right spot.
  • Schools and universities Build a detailed campus map by adding academic buildings, dorms, athletic facilities, and walkways.
  • Outdoor interests Help others find outdoor activities by adding your local park, placing soccer fields and playgrounds within it, and marking bike lanes through your town.

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Put yourself on the map: Easily make shareable, animated trips with photos, music, links and stories.

At its most basic level, Tripline is a way for you to tell a story by putting places on a map. That’s a very human activity that has been happening for thousands of years. It’s also a way for you to easily answer those questions we hear so often: Where are you guys going? When are you leaving? How was the trip? What did you do? – the kind of questions that photos don’t answer. And just like in the movies, the Tripline player gives you an animated line moving across the map with a soundtrack. That’s appropriate, because our journeys are our own epic tales of discovery and adventure. Press play and see for yourself.

And check out this example fo the Lewis & Clark Expedition.  WOW!!

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In the Newspaper Map you can find newspapers from all over the world, most of them possible to translate to and from many languages with one click. In many cases you will also find links to the newspapers sites on social media like YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. We collect, expand and update these links regularly.

An introduction on how to use the newspaper map

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They all support Google Maps for you to easily find the place you are interested in. They all have Google Earth integrated for you to get the location 3D view and they allow users to upload old photographs of any geographical locations.


Historypin is a global project created by the social movement We Are What We Do, in partnership with Google. The site works as a digital time machine, allowing people to view and share history online. According to the site creators, its mission is to get families back together to share memories and organize them using the site.


LookBackMaps is another (less fun than History Pin, but cool too) way to visually organize, explore and engage in historical photographs through web.

The collection stored on the site was started by mapping the “millions of historical photos available through public libraries and private collections on the web”. However, the creators do need help and do allow users to help them make their collection larger.


SepiaTown lets you view and share “thousands” of mapped historical images from around the globe.

The site has a huge collection of photos (with carefully cited sources for each one):

maps mashup

The NOW/THEN link switches to Google Street View to compare the historical place with how it looks now. Each photo has notes with some historical and geographic information on it.

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Google Treks is the work of Dr. Alice Christie.  The site creates Treks using Google Maps.  The Treks are broken down by subject matter and grade level.  There is also a section for student created Treks.  On the front page you will find a link to a video tutorial, Creating Google Trek Curricular Units, and a tutorial for using Google Maps.  If you create a Google Trek, Dr. Alice suggest that you use the appropriate rubric before submitting them to be shared on the website.  The site is still growing, but there are several good examples.  What a great real world application of Google Maps.

GoogleTreks™ is organized by subject matter:

  • Science
  • Matematics
  • Social Studies
  • Language Arts,
  • Other curricular areas.

GoogleTreks are written for specific age groups:

  • Primary
  • Elementary
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Adults
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You will find maps of environmental variables. Feel free to download anything and everything. If you use anything from the Atlas in a publication, please credit the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

You can select a category to explore by following one of the links below:

Human Impacts

Human Impacts

Humans and the environment from a socio-economic perspective

i.e. – Population, Life Expectancy, Literacy Rates

View Human Impact MapsView Human Impact Maps

Land Use

Land Use

How humans are using the land

i.e. – Croplands, Pastures, Urban Lands

View Land Use MapsView Land Use Maps



The natural ecosystems of the world

i.e. – Potential Vegetation, Temperature, Soil Texture

View Ecosystems MapsView Ecosystems Maps

Water Resources

Water Resources

Water in the biosphere

i.e. – Runoff, Precipitation, Lakes and Wetlands

View Water Resources MapsView Water Resources Maps