National Geographic's giant map of South America visits Edison Elementary

ELMHURST – One of the world's largest maps of South American will be visiting Edison Elementary next week.

The brightly colored, smooth vinyl surface of the map, from the National Geographic's Traveling Maps program, accurately illustrates South America's oceans, seas, rivers, mountains, countries and capitals. It measures 35 by 26 feet.

The map comes with a trunk of accessories that include interactive ideas, props and photo cards that teach students about the physical characteristics, history, wildlife and varied cultures of the continent.

Map activities will culminate with Family Geography Night, hosted by the Edison PTA, which pits parents against kids.

National Geographic's Giant Traveling Maps have been brought to District 205 and shared with all eight elementary schools for the last three years through the combined effort of the Edison PTA and the National Geographic Society.

The map of South America will be at Edison Elementary School from Nov. 11 through 14.