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Explore a map on Family Literacy Day

Family Literacy Day is around the corner. Find out why introducing maps to your students and kids as a literacy-related activity is a great way to celebrate this special day that celebrates the importance of reading.

Family Literacy Day is held annually on January 27 to raise awareness about the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family.

Introducing maps into your home or classroom is a great way to engage children in a literacy-related activity and to encourage them to explore important themes and current topics at a local, regional, national or global scale.

Maps can also help answer questions about the world around us and become more spatially literate. Map literacy is believed to be linked to a student’s academic and intellectual progress and map reading is an important skill included in K-12 curricula across Canada.

Help kids become spatially literate by learning how to read and understand maps such as this - Canada's Ecology map from ArcGIS Online.

Parents and educators can promote this special day by hosting literacy-related activities, such as:

  • Host a book swap
  • Ask students to lead a presentation about their favourite book
  • Explore a story map or Web map that focuses on a specific topic with your class or children
  • Create a story map on a favourite book by mapping locations of events that occur in the book
  • Create a story map on a current event by using a news article

Map Resources include:

Go to to find more resources to use with your students.

About the Author

Angela Alexander is a K-12 Education Resource Developer on the Esri Canada Education and Research team. She has over six years of experience working with educators across Canada. Angela is responsible for producing geographic information system (GIS) and curriculum specific resources, conducting and creating custom workshops for educators and judging and developing the question for the annual GIS Skills Ontario competition in Waterloo, Ontario. Angela has a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and Sociology from the University of Western Ontario and completed the Applied Digital Geography and GIS certificate program at Ryerson University.

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