When it comes to studying history, maps are usually an afterthought to the curriculum. The greatest trouble is finding accurate maps that match the time period and events you are studying. It is a struggle to find maps that show who went where and when, and what did that actually look like geographically? The good news is that Knowledge Quest TimeMaps are an answer to such history and geography needs.
TimeMaps are downloadable Flash-driven software programs. There are seven time periods to choose from – or you can download the whole collection for a substantial savings.
The collection includes the following units:
- Ancient China
- The Rise of Rome
- The Fall of Rome
- The Rise of Islam
- The Black Death
- The European Expansion
- The Atlantic Slave Trade
Each unit comes with a PDF Teacher’s Guide that includes pertinent background notes, mapwork and discussion activities, a printable timeline worksheet, and printable maps handouts.
My 8th grade and 11th grade daughters worked through The Rise of Islam unit with me.
First, we simply looked carefully at the maps to note what changed between them as we clicked through the series.
Next we read the informational boxes that popped up at the little circled i locations.
Finally, we clicked on the Q under the date to read and discuss the comprehension questions. Laying out the timeline and filling in the map worksheet rounded out the unit study very nicely.
What struck me the most about these TimeMaps is that they are a great way to START a unit of study on a particular era. They give a great overview – an historical bird’s eye view, so to speak, so that when students get to a particular event or area in the historical narrative, they already have a geo-graphic mental image to connect to. It’s a very powerful learning approach that brings much more meaning to history studies!
According to the TimeMap page at Knowledge Quest, each individual unit sells for $9.95 each or $44.95 for the whole collection of all seven units. These maps would truly be a valuable asset to any world history study program.
Disclaimer: As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I received this product at no cost to me in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are mine alone.