Geography affects events. Did people live in deserts, fertile plains or dense forests? What other cultures did they live near and how did their locations influence their interactions? How did political boundaries change over time?
Geography makes history real.It's easy to forget that people long ago were actual human beings, not just characters in stories we read. Placing them in tangible places on earth turns fiction into reality.
Don't ignore this crucial aspect of your historical journey through times AND places!
The original Map Trek program is available as a CD-ROM containing printable historical outline maps that allow you to teach geography alongside history. The CD includes over 200 full-color reference maps plus matching black and white outline maps to print for student activities. Each map is accompanied by activities for three age levels.
We reference the maps and student activities on the CD-ROM from this program throughout the units of each volume of Connecting with History.* This is highly recommended if you plan to incorporate geography into your lessons.
Map Trek Hardcover Atlas and Blank Outline Maps Workbook
These are the same maps as are on the CD editions. If you prefer to have hard copies of each map and to skip printing the maps yourself, the student workbooks are a helpful alternative.
* Be aware that the page numbers may not match the assignments in Connecting with History. The workbooks include maps only. They do not include activity assignments for each map. Activities are only included on the CD versions of Map Trek.