Map-Making Resources and Tools to Teach Critical Thinking

“Come look at Aida,” my dad said to me as I walked in the door of his house. It had been a long day and I was looking forward to quick pickup and then home. In the family room, my daughter hovered over a puzzle piece map. She dedicated her every moment to rebuilding a map of the United States. She had a few pieces left in her hand. My dad chuckled at my open mouth and wide eyes.

“I taught map-reading at Ft. Benning, Georgia,” he reminded me. “Well, it’s obvious map skills skipped a generation.” I smiled at Aida as she put the last piece in place, snuck a glance up, then flipped the board upside down. Next level gaming. One more time. My dad called out the time it took her to complete the puzzle to her.

An introduction to maps at a young age can yield dividends. Today, Aida makes maps to track health concerns among immigrant populations.

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