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Including a selection of maps in the classroom publishing center allows students to make important connections to geography and place. Students might include a map to show where an event occurred, where an author, scientist, mathematician, inventor, or famous person was born or did their work, or where an agricultural product originated, among other things.
Publishing centers are used K-12, in all content areas, and they are student-directed. They provide printed tools to enhance visual literacy including communicating the following: location through maps, sequential events through timelines, and measurement through tools such as beakers, thermometers, and clocks. Publishing-center graphics are available for students to select and use at any point during projects, notetaking, journaling, and notebooking activities. When students learn to use these visual graphics to meet their personal needs they become tools for differentiation. Publishing Centers are cross-curricular; it is not uncommon for maps and timelines to be used in science and rain gauges to be used in Social Studies. Our publishing center pages are available as downloads and are formatted with anchor tabs for notebooking.