World Puzzle Map
|World Puzzle Map|
|Social Studies - Geography|
|Materials||1 World Puzzle Map|
2 World Puzzle Map
World Control Map
This material teaches the child about the continents.
Introduction to the Concept of Maps
- Take the Continents Globe and the World Puzzle Map to a large mat.
(Show the child the correct way to carry a puzzle map, with one hand on each side.)
- Turn the globe so that the Western Hemisphere is visible. Relate this to the first circle on the puzzle map.
- Turn the globe so that the Eastern Hemisphere is visible. Relate this to the second circle on the puzzle map.
- Tilt the globe so that Antarctica is visible.
"Half of Antarctica is on one side and half is on the other. That's why it's cut into two pieces."
- Take the pieces out of the puzzle one at a time.
- Hold each one up to the corresponding continent on the globe.
- Review the names of the continents.
- Set the pieces on the mat.
- After all the pieces have been taken out, put them back in again one at a time.
The Puzzle Map with a Control Map
- Take the puzzle map and the control map to a mat (two mats may be needed depending on the size).
Put the puzzle map on the left and the control mat on the right.
- Remove the pieces one at a time from the puzzle and place them on the corresponding spot on the control mat.
- After all of the pieces have been removed, carefully replace them back in the puzzle.
Points of Interest
Control of Error
Variations and Extensions
- A string or a large rubber band could be put around the globe to show the two halves of the puzzle map.
- A three period lesson could be done with the continents to review their names.
- Continent puzzle pieces could be put in a Mystery Bag for the child to try to identify by touch.
- Sing "The Continents Song" (to the tune of "Frere Jacques")
North America, South America, Africa Africa, Europe and Asia, then there is Australia, Antarctica Antarctica
- Trace the control map and color in with colored pencils, paint, oil pastels, or colored chalk.
- Trace around each continent on the appropriately colored construction paper. Pin-punch or cut out the continents. Then glue onto blue circles that have been painted on paper or cut out of blue paper and glued down.
- Maps may be labeled with pre-printed labels, labels written out by then child, or names of continents could be written directly on the map.
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Where to Buy
Prices and links last checked: 24 May 2020
Absorbent Montessori $33.00
Affordable Montessori $49.00
E & O $60.00
Hello Wood $135.00
Kid Advance $36.99
Leader Joy $55.95
Leader Joy $45.95
Materials Company of Boston $80.00
Montessori Outlet $35.95
Nienhuis $127.50 (includes tracing circle)
Nienhuis $127.70 (Asia view, includes tracing circle)
Labeled Control Map
Affordable Montessori $5.00 (continents labeled)
Affordable Montessori $5.00 (continents & oceans labeled)
Bruins $9.00 (continents & oceans labeled)
Bruins $9.00 (continents labeled)
E & O $7.00 (continents & oceans labeled)
Hello Wood $8.00
Kid Advance $5.99 (continents & oceans labeled)
Leader Joy $5.95 (continents & oceans labeled)
Montessori Outlet $2.95(continents & oceans labeled)
Unlabeled Control Map
Affordable Montessori $5.00
Alison's $7.00 (full color)
Bruins $9.00 (oceans labeled)
E & O $7.00 (oceans labeled)
Hello Wood $5.00
Kid Advance $5.99 (oceans labeled)
Kid Advance $2.99
Leader Joy $5.95 (oceans labeled)
Montessori Outlet $2.95
Affordable Montessori $9.00 (clear acrylic)
Affordable Montessori $9.00 (wooden)
Alison's $21.00 (wooden)
Hello Wood $16.00 (blue acrylic)
IFIT $6.00 (wooden)
Kid Advance $4.99 (clear acrylic)
Materials Company of Boston $12.00 (wooden)
Montessori Outlet $1.95 (clear plastic)
Nienhuis $13.50(clear acrylic)
Affordable Montessori $0.40 for one
Materials Company of Boston $7.50 for 25
Nienhuis $22.50 for 25
- Basic Montessori: Learning Activities for Under-fives by David Gettman, pages 190-193
- The blog Carrots are Orange has a helpful post on Variations and Extensions with puzzle maps.