Maps and Flags of the World

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Providing flags, maps, and lesson plans to study the world. 1,967 downloadable files from 192 countries and the United Nations are available in Adobe Acrobat, PowerPoint and Word formats.


Click Here For A Non-JavaScript Menu Of All The Countries.


April 7, 2008

Newsletter #4 with useful tips from UNFORKIDS.COM -
Free MAPS and FLAGS for teachers, professors and students in Acrobat, Word, and PowerPoint Formats!


UNFORKIDS.COM is a great success! Teachers, students and professors are using it in classrooms from kindergarten to college. If you haven’t visited the site, check it out - there are almost 2,000 maps and flags of different types for all 193 members of the United Nations!


Use this link if you can‘t see the CSS Menu at the top of every page. If you can‘t get to the site at all, check with your IT department. They may be blocking it.


World Maps

Several emails have asked where the world maps are. They are on the United Nations page


The World in 1945

This fortnight’s new addition is a 1945 map showing the new members of the United Nations, territorial dependencies, and political divisions on a tabloid (11" x 17") map. Scroll down to the map section right above the Amazon links.


Science Uses for UNFORKIDS.COM

Science teachers can use the maps and flags available on UNFORKIDS.COM for all sorts of uses. The maps are detailed enough that they can be analyzed for data - for instance, what percentage of cities and towns are within a few miles of the coast? What percentage are close to rivers? Countries like Australia that have extensive road networks only on the settled east coast can be used as an example of migration.

Students and teachers could also use the maps and flags to illuminate presentations on scientists. What country did Niels Bohr or Nikola Tesla originate from? Use the maps to trace their scientific journeys around the world.


Responses From Educators to UNFORKIDS.COM

Well Done! Thanks for sharing UNFORKIDS.COM!
J.W., South Carolina

Thanks for the info on UNFORKIDS.COM!!
K.P., Kentucky

I will forward UNFORKIDS.COM to our social studies teachers.
L.T., Texas

Good information on UNFORKIDS.COM. Thanks!
P.W., Texas

WOW, thanks so much. You have no idea how much I needed these maps on UNFORKIDS.COM. Perfect timing!!
R.H., Georgia

Thanks for UNFORKIDS.COM! I am always looking at educational websites for lesson plans and ideas.
B.K., Oklahoma

March 24, 2008

Another newsletter with helpful tips from UNFORKIDS.COM -
Free MAPS and FLAGS for teachers, professors and students in Acrobat, Word, and PowerPoint Formats!

This Website is Fantastic!
William F. Wieczorek, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Health and Social Research
SUNY Buffalo State College


Hi, It’s Jason McDonald again, with another useful newsletter about UNFORKIDS.COM. If you haven’t visited the site, check it out - there are almost 2,000 maps and flags of different types for all 193 members of the United Nations!



Use this link if you can‘t see the CSS Menu at the top of every page. If you can‘t get to the site at all, check with your IT department. They may be blocking it.



As promised in the last newsletter, here’s a new page for the emerging county of Kosovo:

Kosovo has been recognized by the United States and many European Union countries. Russia, Spain, and other countries have announced their opposition to the new state. Recently the American Embassy in Serbia was attacked over U.S. support for Kosovo. These maps will help your students understand what’s going on the former Yugoslavia.


Primary School Uses for UNFORKIDS.COM

Several teachers of elementary school students wrote in asking about how the maps and flags might be used with younger children. At the private school I used to teach at, we would use flags as a coloring book. Students can download the letter size outline version or the small 3" x 5" flag for mounting on a straw. They could either color the flag correctly or colorize their own version. You could also download many different flags from different countries in full color and ask them to compare and contrast - which flags look the same but have different colors? Which flags have blue fields? Which have stars? Kids have a lot of fun learning about all the different countries and their flags.

One thing that’s useful about the maps is that they are detailed enough for college students to use, but simple enough for elementary school students to understand. Print a few up and place them around your classroom to help with international education on any grade level.


Large-Format Printing of content on UNFORKIDS.COM

Unlike the maps and flags you find on Google Image Search, the maps and flags on UNFORKIDS.COM are in something called vector format. That’s a fancy way of saying they use math to describe curves instead of pictures (called raster format) which use a grid of pixels. Did you ever wonder why a picture looks low resolution when you enlarge it? It's because pictures use a fixed grid of pixels - the photo can't enlarge, only the pixels themselves get bigger. But the maps and flags at UNFORKIDS.COM can be almost infinitely enlarged on most printers.

To do this, you need Adobe Acrobat and a larger format printer, like an 11" x 17" laser or a banner printer. Download the map/flag of your choice. In page setup, choose the paper size you want, and in the print dialog box, under page scaling, choose “fit to printer margins.” This should, on most printers, allow the maps and flags to print larger than their dimensions without loss of resolution!


Responses From Educators to UNFORKIDS.COM

UNFORKIDS.COM sounds great! Thank you for including me!
- M.L., Nebraska

Well Done! Thanks for sharing UNFORKIDS.COM!
- J.W., North Carolina

UNFORKIDS.COM is a wonderful resource. Thank you for sharing it with me! I will share it with other teachers at my school.
- S.C., New Hampshire

Thank you! UNFORKIDS.COM will help a lot to put the world into perspective.
- D.L., South Carolina

Your resources are fantastic! I appreciate you letting me know about UNFORKIDS.COM.
- B.O., South Dakota

Thank you so much for your assistance in aiding my grandson in fulfilling his class assignment!
- P.O., Delaware

I have never met a free website I did not like, looks good. if I was teaching that elementary Geography class I would go straight to the
Geography lesson plans on UNFORKIDS.COM!
- D.M., Mississippi

It is often difficult to find maps for lessons and teaching that the students can relate to. Thank you for helping to provide an easy access to such valuable information on UNFORKIDS.COM!
- C.H., Georgia

March 10, 2008

UNFORKIDS.COM - Free MAPS and FLAGS for teachers, professors and students in Acrobat, Word, and PowerPoint Formats!

Response to these free maps and flags on UNFORKIDS.COM has been overwhelmingly positive! This is the second newsletter to point out some aspects of the site that you may have missed.



Apparently some people cannot access the UNFORKIDS.COM main menu because some schools turn JavaScript off. The link above gives you all the countries on the site in an HTML menu. Please consider trying this link if you have trouble accessing the free content on the site. I apologize for any confusion; I was not aware that some institutions turn JavaScript off as a security measure. With 193 pages of free content, it’s always hard to figure out a good way to make all the countries available easily.


The Former Yugoslavia

Several people wrote in and asked for maps and flags on UNFORKIDS.COM to help students study the emerging crisis in the Former Yugoslavia. Here’s links to all the available maps and flags on the site for the new countries that once made up Yugoslavia:

Kosovo has been recognized by the United States and the European Union. I will have links to Kosovo maps and flags in the next newsletter. For now, here’s maps and flags of the former state of Yugoslavia:


Art and Music Uses for UNFORKIDS.COM

Several Art and Music teachers wrote in asking for uses for UNFORKIDS.COM in their classrooms. Here’s some ideas. For Art, combine the different maps and flags into a collage. Either print out the maps and flags to cut them up, or use Adobe PhotoShop if you have it. (GIMP is an open-source image editor that has a more difficult interface, if you don’t own PhotoShop.) Combine the cut printouts with photos from Google Image Search, Library of Congress Images, or the National Archives ARC Search . Work with your students to develop a theme appropriate to your school’s curriculum. Some suggestions include political themes (about the ongoing crisis in Kenya, Somalia, or Darfur) or romantic (combine images of Paris with the France maps and flags, for example.)

Music teachers could use the PowerPoint presentations available on the site to project maps and flags during concerts using world music. An example would be showing the PowerPoint file of Japan while performing Japanese inspired recorder music. Alternatively, students in music theory courses could use the links to Wikipedia, CIA Factbook, and Google News to research a particular countries’ music history and culture for oral or written presentations.


Responses From Educators to UNFORKIDS.COM

Here are just some of the hundreds of positive messages from teachers and professors all over the United States. I received thousands of messages from the last mailing, so if I didn’t respond to your message, please send it again!

Hundreds of teachers just sent two words - “Thank you.”

“Thank you so much for UNFORKIDS.COM! I teach Spanish at a small, rural high school & this website has a lot of amazing information condensed into one place for me to use with my classes. Thank you so much for taking the time to develop something like this for teachers who do not have large budgets to buy classroom materials.”
- A. T., Oklahoma

“Thanks Jason for sharing what you know and have available. I am a foreign teacher who works as a Pareducator in special education. I'd like to share UNFORKIDS.COM with teachers overseas.”
- M. E., Maryland

“Thank you very much for you desire to help our students, our teachers and me personally.”
- J. M., Kentucky

“Thank YOU, Jason. You may be surprised to hear how coincidental your email is... I was going on line this morning to get maps from countries around the world for my students, so UNFORKIDS.COM is perfect. Thank you.“
- P. V., Massachusetts

“Thanks so much...what a fantastic resource!”
- K. M., New York

“What a wonderful heart you have! Thanks for creating and sharing UNFORKIDS.COM. I know it will be helpful to me and many of my colleagues. I will pass it on.”
- L. E., Georgia

“Thank you, I have forwarded UNFORKIDS.COM to our social studies teachers.”
L. L., Mississippi

“Thank you for UNFORKIDS.COM and for making it free and available to the educational public. Working in a public school, money is very limited and tight, so this will be quite a beneficial resource for us. Thank you for caring about those of us that have less funds to work with and sharing these supplemental tools to assist us in providing a strong education for our students.”
- A. W., Minnesota

“Thank you for UNFORKIDS.COM. It will be fun to look through it when I get a chance. Our students are inner-city kids and most families are fairly recent immigrants to the U.S. Any materials we can get into their hands are certainly very welcome. Free is especially nice.”
- P. L., Minnesota

“Thank you for developing UNFORKIDS.COM for the benefit of teachers and students throughout the nation! I have forwarded your e-mail to our staff in our small, rural school district in Alaska and I believe due to our isolation that your site will be very useful to our school!”
- M. D., Alaska

“Thank you Jason for taking the time to develop UNFORKIDS.COM and for offering it to teachers around the country.”
- M. R., South Carolina

UNFORKIDS.COM is a great site. Thanks. I use it for French and Francophone lesson planning.”
- T. T., Virginia

February 27, 2008

Dear Educator,
My name is Jason McDonald. For ten years, I taught multimedia at a prestigious private international school in New York City. I was lucky enough to have a well-funded budget and get the tools I needed to teach my classes. However, I knew that was unusual. So I created a free website for international education to help teachers and professors around the world.

This website has a lot of multimedia for teachers. These PDF, PowerPoint, and Word maps and flags are free to download and use, and are based on governement data and satellite maps. There are 191 countries, the entire UN membership is represented. The available information for each country includes:

• Email for the UN Ambassador for each country (if available)
• Link to UN Mission (if available)
• Link to Government website (if available)
• Links to Wikipedia, CIA Factbook, and UNCyberSchoolbus
• Full color flags (PDF) in letter and tabloid size
• Full color maps (PDF) in perspective global view and political view
• Outline flags (PDF) that students can color in
• Outline maps (PDF) that students can color and label themselves
• Full color cutout flags for mounting on a straw or dowel
• Outline cutout flags for coloring in and mounting on a straw or dowel
• Full color maps and flags in Microsoft Word Format
• Full color maps andflags in Microsoft PowerPoint format
• Lesson Plans

These maps are detailed enough to be used in college lectures, but easy enough to read by Kindergarteners. The PDF format means these maps and flags can be scaled up in size to an almost infinite size for larger printing.

All I ask is that if you like this website, please share it with other teachers, professors and students. There is no cost to use this website, and no required registration. I hope you find it useful. Thank you for your time and attention, and please reply if you have any questions.


Vexillology is the scholarly study of flags. The term was coined in 1957 by Dr. Whitney Smith of the United States, the author of many books and articles on this subject. It was originally considered a sub-discipline of heraldry, and occasionally is still seen as such; it is also sometimes considered a branch of semiotics. It is formally defined in the FIAV (Fédération internationale des associations vexillologiques) constitution as "the creation and development of a body of knowledge about flags of all types, their forms and functions, and of scientific theories and principles based on that knowledge."

A person who studies flags is a vexillologist, and by extension, a person who designs flags is a vexillographer.

The word vexillology is a synthesis of the Latin word vexillum and the suffix –ology meaning "study of". The vexillum was a particular type of flag used by Roman legions during the classical era. Unlike most modern flags which are suspended from a pole or mast along a vertical side, the square vexillum was suspended from a horizontal crossbar along its top side, which was attached to a spear.

Vexillologists are active in dozens of national associations under the umbrella of FIAV (Fédération internationale des associations vexillologiques). Every second year, FIAV organizes the International Congress of Vexillology (ICV 2005 was in Buenos Aires, Argentina; ICV 2007 will be in Berlin, Germany). Internet activity of vexillologists is centered on the Flags of the World website and mailing list.


Cartography or mapmaking (in Greek chartis = map and graphein = write) is the study and practice of making maps or globes. Maps have traditionally been made using pen and paper, but the advent and spread of computers has revolutionized cartography. Most commercial-quality maps are now made with map-making software that falls into one of three main types; CAD, GIS, and specialized map illustration software.

Maps function as visualization tools for spatial data. Spatial data is acquired from measurement and can be stored in a database, from which it can be extracted for a variety of purposes. Current trends in this field are moving away from analog methods of mapmaking and toward the creation of increasingly dynamic, interactive maps that can be manipulated digitally.

The cartographic process rests on the premise that the world is measurable and that we can make reliable representations or models of that reality. Mapmaking involves advanced skills and attitudes, particularly the use of symbols to represent certain geographic phenomena, as well as the ability to visualize the world in an abstract and scaled-down form.


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