Making Annotated Maps for PBL, IBL, and Beyond (Plus it's free)


Imagine students using an atlas equipped with annotation tools to create color-coded map labels that describe the hows and whys of inquiry-based learning. Consider a project asking students to identify the local, regional, or international origin of the food they eat. They could document each meal on an annotated map. Creating a visual grid of eating habits would allow students to investigate the various economic and social arguments for local food-sourcing. Think about it. You can chart geographical data for project-based learning activities on a student-generated map!

Explore more than 50 inquiry-based, map-making activities creating annotated maps to illustrate the global impact of the 1918 influenza pandemic, the primary languages spoken across South America, three routes to the Gold Rush, and more. Plus, map makers can choose a Spanish-language version of the Atlas. 

Curriculum Pathways Interactive Atlas student-created map of routes to the California Gold Rush of 1849.

Curriculum Pathways Interactive Atlas: student-created map of language connections across South America.

Consider the following:

  • Explore FREE online map annotation tools that support IBL and PBL.
  • Discover pedagogy that increases student engagement.
  • Give students the opportunity to illustrate learning in a geographic context.





About Author

Molly Farrow

Molly Farrow taught high school history for 11 years in Wake County and Durham County. She also taught at the Taipei American School in Taiwan. She received a M.A.T. degree from the University of North Carolina and a B.S. degree in Political Science from Wake Forest University. Outside work, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and their dog, Dante.

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