MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. -- The world got a lot smaller for the students of Pocantico Hills School at Geography Night recently with teachers and families participating in the event.
Students traveled across Europe navigating the giant map in the gym that was on loan from the National Geographic Giant Traveling Maps program.
It was the “board” on which students played a novel game of Simon Says, hopping and running from spot to spot to locate different places.
For instance, they were instructed to sit below the Tropic of Cancer, or go to the Gulf of Mexico and put a right foot on a mountain range.
The 26- by 26-foot map was on loan to the district from the National Geographic Maps program, an educational tool that teaches geography and map reading skills.
Other activities included "Scrambled States," a fast-action card game, and Geo Baseball, where the score involved answering questions quickly.
"Can you hit a home run?" asked science teacher Vincent Cook, referring to the most challenging questions being tossed out. "Home runs are toughies," he said.
"If you miss a question, it will bounce to the next table."
“This is a great event for families,” said Adam Brown.
“It's not just for younger kids. Students of all ages are welcome to come.”