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Students travel Pacific Ocean with giant map

By Shannon Ballard 11:22 AM February 1, 2014

Traveling the world without having to leave the school gym.

ANCHORAGE – Students at Chester Valley Elementary walk along trenches and stop at famous landmarks while learning about physical and cultural geography.

A giant map of the Pacific Ocean is visiting from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Students crawled around the map, involving their bodies in what they learned.

It’s promoting geographic literacy and map reading skills.

“We’re finding trenches, deep trenches, and building blocks and she’s teaching us like where stuff is like the equator,” said fifth grader Jocelyn Figueroa.

“It’s fun being with the friends, learning stuff on the map that you usually don’t get to learn in fifth grade,” said student Zaysharae Miliahughes.

This is the seventh year UAF has taken giant traveling maps to schools across Alaska to emphasize geography education.

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