The True Size Of… – A Website for Geography

Free! The True Size Of… website provides a tool for comparing the actual sizes of landmasses against one another. For example, due to the Mercator map, there is distortion about the size of certain landmasses compared to other landmasses (e.g., Greenland is not the same size as Africa). With The True Size Of… website, users can type the name of a landmass – such as Florida, China, Ukraine, etc. – and the website will outline it. Next, users can click and drag that landmass around the map to compare its size to other landmasses. In addition, after typing the name…

Review Overview

A. Instruction - 6.3
B. Design - 7.3
C. Engagement - 7.3

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The True Size Of… - A Website for Geography

Summary : A Draggable Map of the World!

The True Size Of… website provides a tool for comparing the actual sizes of landmasses against one another. For example, due to the Mercator map, there is distortion about the size of certain landmasses compared to other landmasses (e.g., Greenland is not the same size as Africa). With The True Size Of… website, users can type the name of a landmass – such as Florida, China, Ukraine, etc. – and the website will outline it. Next, users can click and drag that landmass around the map to compare its size to other landmasses. In addition, after typing the name of a landmass, the website will provide its size in square miles and kilometers. When finished, users can click the “Clear Map” option on the box in the top right of the website and start over!

In addition, users can click the “+” and “-“ buttons to zoom in and out of the map. As they zoom in, users will be able to see roads, the names of cities and towns, and geographical features (e.g., bodies of water, mountainous terrain).

Another feature is the “street view” option. To activate it, users must drag the “person” icon onto the map, and it will then show a 360-degree street-level view of that area. To return to the map view, users will need to refresh the website.

Instructional Ideas for The True Size Of…

  1. When studying a landmass, teachers can have students locate that landmass using this website. Next, they can compare its size to other landmasses to gain a perspective of its area.
  2. After locating an area of interest, students can use the “street level” option to view locations in that area up close. Teachers can have students look at urban, rural, suburban, and other locations in that area. Students can then report on the similarities and differences in those areas.
  3. Due to the distortion of the Mercator map, teachers can have students create math and/or logic questions that ask if one landmass is bigger than another landmass. Students can answer yes, no, or equal. Next, students can use this website to compare the two landmasses. After comparing, students can decipher how much larger one landmass is as related to the other one.
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