Maps for Classroom Decor

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  1. whollyconsumed

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    I want to write to places to request maps so that I can repurpose them and modge podge them to create classroom decor. Do you have knowledge about where I can receive maps and travel brochures? Surely someone has looked for maps before. :) :help:
     
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    Try contacting the Visitor's Bureau or Chamber of Commerce for the areas you are interested in. They usually have maps for free!
     
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    Thank you guys. If you come across any travel themed classrooms or projects please send them my way. I would love to network with you.
     
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    Are you on Freecycle for your area? It's a listserv group where people post stuff they are giving away. You can post "wanted" stuff on there too. People love giving to teachers, and I've gotten tons of stuff for my classroom that way.

    The Free section on Craigslist classifieds is another option.
     
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    National Geographic?
     
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    Thanks so much Upsadaisy! You are so helpful. I thought about that EMonkey!
     
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    I started to request them. Made it to Hawaii, but I believe it is time for bed for me! :)
     
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    I hope some of the links work out for you.
     
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    Just got my first map from Georgia! :)
    I am going to try some more of the links today.
     
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    When you figure out what you are going to do with the maps please update. I only teach Social Studies and my room needs major sprucing up. I have saved maps but don't know what to do with them
     
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    I will. So far I am thinking I am going to modge podge them on things like Containers, maybe a chair, etc.
     
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    I have been looking travel themed things on Pinterest and have a board saved with stuff!
     
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    Love the idea of a travel themed classroom! Others have made good suggestions. If you live near any major cities or tourist attractions, they probably have tourist offices with free maps.
     
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    At a children's museum here where I live they have a time line of transportation through the years. It's on fabric that looks like a valance for a window. It's so cool!!!! Maybe you could make something like that?
     
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    That sounds cool, did they just do some iron fabric transfers or something.
     
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    I have gotten so many maps by using the heyitsfree website. I have ideas what I am going to do with the maps, but most sites sent free travel website magazines. Any ideas on what to do with those?
     
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    Put the magazines in a travel theme basket for student reading and research.
     
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    I love you, Upsdaisy... "Ooh, these are free..." :cool:

    What I do: Go on a pilgrimage where you drive to the welcome center for your state. It's so fun, if you're close! That is where I get brochure galore to enhance my classroom, in the first place.

    I DO remember this place in Tennessee (I just located it: The Map Store in Knoxville) years ago where I presented my teacher ID or some coupon for teachers and got a free wall map. Maybe if you're not close, they can send you one-- http://www.merchantcircle.com/business/The.Map.Store.865-688-3608

    Of course, you can Google road maps as well as print them, but I know you want the real thing. Hopefully you'll get what you want! :)
     
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    I agree with Czacza about using the books for the kids to read. Additionally, you can make a collage or even cover a lampshade with cut out photographs, if you are allowed to have a lamp in your classroom. I also made a travel table a few years back that I love very much:

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-GzQrgkpGA3A/TkxjmveCH1I/AAAAAAAAAOw/mggbcmAp6pE/s1600/IMG_0261.JPG

    :) This is my classroom theme... Americana with a touch of space, so I feel a personal connection. I've been gathering your kinds of things, maps, brochures, and travel booklets, for years!
     
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    :hugs:Ms.Jasztal :hugs:
     
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    Some ideas for things to do with magazines:

    Hold a 'photography' contest and have each student pick a picture to submit

    Make hidden picture games - make a collage of magazine pictures and hide some particular small picture somewhere for kids to find; put a copy of the hidden picture on the back so they know what to look for.

    Have students write their own travel brochures from pictures.

    You can cut magazine pages into 1/2 inch strips and roll them around straws (or something thinner), then cover with glue. When dried, use them as beads.
     
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    I love your table!
     
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    Hey, Upsadaisy :)

    I love the idea of the "photography" contest!

    Besides that, Whollyconsumed (I love your username), I don't let kids work at that table anymore. I learned the hard way when I had smart kids ripping away at it in fourth grade. LOL. If you ever do anything like that and want kids to work at it, find something like plastic to cover it. Or put stuff on there like I do... I am considering making a lamp to go on it this year.
     
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    My sister just showed me a side table that she decoupaged with wrapping paper on the top surface. The paper had prints of postcards all over. She cut out each post card so she could overlap them and lay them out the way she wanted to, then decoupaged. Changed the drawer knobs, and, wow! It looked wonderful. She also white-washed the wood.

    I never thought of kids picking away at something decoupaged, but, of course, that sounds about right for the age.

    In my 'Americana' room, I had a bench (that is now sitting in front of me in my den) that was aged barn red with a stenciled checkerboard on the top. Solid as anything. I had a cool wooden folding chair painted bright red; it had a rush seat and back. I kept up a set of pictures of the presidents (letter sized pictures) - and we got a reply from the White House when we wrote to the president, so that was framed and on the wall.
     
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    Great idea Upsadaisy!
     
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    I just discovered today I am acquiring my parents' nightstand, which I can use as a mini-lesson storage stand. I am considering decoupaging it... :)
     
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    I don't know why, but it is sort of relaxing!
     
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    I agree. It is. :)
     

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