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I would like to download and plot some kind of fun (large) illustrated map of the world or Canada (with animals/ dinosaurs / points of interest, etc.) for my son's preschool cartography class. Anyone has a good link or map they can share?

Thanks

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National Geographic is well known

Xpeditions

Canada http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/atlas/index.html?Parent=canada&Rootmap=&Mode=d&SubMode=w

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World http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/atlas/index.html?Parent=world&Rootmap=&Mode=d&SubMode=w

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(Please note I have worked via sub-contract for National Geographical Society in the past)

The idea is for children to colour them in.

Terms of Use are favourable for Education (Class Work) http://www.nationalgeographic.com/community/terms/#eduuse

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CIA factbook

kids geo is another great source

Also get your school to start the nat geo geography bee.

I have had kids place at state the past two years, lots of fun!

Here are some learning teaching links that might help.
order dinosaurs facts and fiction Tried to order myself. (free) but link doesn't seem to work.

store
USGS4
USGS1
Enchanted learning
USGS2 gip
Wow lots of links!
Links for preK-12
Education USGS 3
USGS 5 Dinosaur NM
More USGS

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Copyright and reprinting rights might be an issue with the national geographic image above in class room use.

Wikipedia has some free ones with open licenses: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_map

You could also use Open Street Map which has reproduction friendly licenses with attribution.
Cloud Made has a nice style editor where you could make Open Street Map look "coloring friendly" http://maps.cloudmade.com/editor

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