I wrote earlier about the map created by Robert Louis Stevenson before he wrote Treasure Island. I especially liked his quote – that maps have:

the power of infinite, eloquent suggestion.

I suggested that we need to use geographic tools and powerful maps to create engaging activities for our kids:

Not one of those cheesy, sad outline maps that comes as part of your textbook’s supplementary materials package. I’m talking about a map with depth and richness and mystery, one full of questions and possibility.

1507mapAnd what should I come across this week but another great map. Several of us were exploring the wonderful MyLOC web site and ran across a lesson plan and materials connected to Martin Waldseemuller’s 1507 world map.

Like the Treasure Island map, the Waldseemuller map is another example a map with “depth and richness and mystery, one full of questions and possibility.” There are several nice tools that you can use with the map:

If you’ve not done much with maps before, this is a quick and easy way to dig into a wonderfully engaging tool. If you already feel comfortable with using maps, adapt the lessons and materials in a way that best fits your kids. Either way, students will walk away knowing more!