Family Mappers provides an easy and interactive way to incorporate geography with many different objectives from variety of subject areas.  It is a great way to help your students make those important personal connections to any subject matter you are teaching, thus encouraging an engaging learning environment in your classroom.   Family Mappers is your connection to the lives of your students.  Click Here for the Technology Academic Content Standards document in PDF format (1.2meg file)

How to use Family Mappers in your classroom:

Teachers, click here for questionnaire that you can give to your students at the beginning of the year.  The questionnaire will provide data about your students’ families.   Have the students enter the data into your Family Mappers Classroom database and use it throughout the year to (among other things):
  • Graph how many relatives live in different parts of the city, state, country, continent, world.
  • Have students discover “Why do relatives live there?  What are the resources that are available to them?  Why is their population so large or small?  Identify pros and cons about living in that area (climate, modes of transportation, natural resources, etc.)
  • Discover family history.  Where did our families immigrate from?  When did they get here?  How did they travel?
  • What percentages of family members live where/in what regions?
  • Compute the distance from one place to another.
  • Learn cardinal directions from one place to another.
  • Learn different time zones (graph how many families/friends live in each time zone). 
  • Teach map coordinates (where is family located?).
  • Learn geography (States/Provinces and Capitals)
  •  Compare and contrast climates:  How many users have relatives that live in the desert, mountains, urban, rural, north, south, east, west, etc. How is life different there?  How is life different here?
  • Allow students to learn different types of maps:  political, topographic, isometric (air pressure, temperatures, cloud cover), climate (weather), physical, economic/resource, and road maps.
  • Collect postcards and record information about where they came from.
  • Create a stamp collection book: http://www.asdaonline.com/album1.pdf