Do you remember the lovely maps that were always included in the monthly edition to National Geographic? I have collected many of them over the years, but just recently thought of an idea for how to use them.

If you are like me, you may have a few pieces of ┬áless-than-attractive old furniture in your classroom. I have a table in the front of my room that I use to lay my books on while I’m teaching. The top was pretty boring, so I used rubber cement to attach a political map of the world on it, and then covered it with clear contact paper. This instantly made the table more attractive and interesting. I’m also hoping it will provide a handy reference for students this fall.

A Use for Old Maps: Table Tops

The nice thing about the contact paper is that it will protect the map from wear and tear, but will also be easy to remove when I’m ready for something new.

So, that’s what I’m up to. Is anyone else at work re-purposing old items for their classroom this fall?