World Puzzle Map

From Montessori Album
World Puzzle Map
Social Studies - Geography
World Map.JPG
LevelPrimary
Age3 +
PrerequisitesContinents Globe
Materials1 World Puzzle Map
Continents Globe
2 World Puzzle Map
World Control Map

This material teaches the child about the continents.

Presentations

Introduction to the Concept of Maps

  1. 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.)
  2. Turn the globe so that the Western Hemisphere is visible. Relate this to the first circle on the puzzle map.
  3. Turn the globe so that the Eastern Hemisphere is visible. Relate this to the second circle on the puzzle map.
  4. 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."
  5. Take the pieces out of the puzzle one at a time.
  6. Hold each one up to the corresponding continent on the globe.
  7. Review the names of the continents.
  8. Set the pieces on the mat.
  9. After all the pieces have been taken out, put them back in again one at a time.


The Puzzle Map with a Control Map

  1. 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.
  2. Remove the pieces one at a time from the puzzle and place them on the corresponding spot on the control mat.
  3. 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.
    Globe with String.jpg
  • 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.
    Continents in Mystery Bag.jpg
  • 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

Map Making

  • 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.

Material

Make Your Own

Where to Buy

Prices and links checked: 05 August 2020

Puzzle Map
Store Price
Absorbent Montessori $33.00
Adena $35.93
Affordable Montessori $49.00
Alison's $50.40
Bruins $115.00
E & O $54.00
Hello Wood $135.00
IFIT $37.00
Kid Advance $36.99
Leader Joy $55.95
Leader Joy $45.95
Materials Co. of Boston $80.00
Montessori Outlet $34.95
Nienhuis
includes tracing circle
$127.50
Nienhuis
Asia view, includes tracing circle
$127.70
Thinkamajigs $48.95
Labeled Control Map
Store Price
Adena $2.93
Affordable Montessori
continents labeled
$5.00
Affordable Montessori
continents & oceans labeled
$5.00
Alison's $5.00
Bruins
continents & oceans labeled
$9.00
Bruins
continents labeled
$9.00
E & O
continents & oceans labeled
$6.30
Hello Wood $8.00
IFIT $4.00
Kid Advance
continents & oceans labeled
$5.99
Leader Joy
continents & oceans labeled
$5.95
Montessori Outlet
style="font-size:80%">continents & oceans labeled
$2.95
Nienhuis $9.50
Thinkamajigs $4.95
Unlabeled Control Map
Store Price
Adena $2.93
Affordable Montessori $5.00
Alison's
full color
$7.00
Bruins $9.00
Bruins
oceans labeled
$9.00
Hello Wood
oceans labeled
$7.00
IFIT $4.00
Kid Advance
oceans labeled
$5.99
Leader Joy
oceans labeled
$5.95
Montessori Outlet $2.95
Nienhuis $9.50
Thinkamajigs $4.95
Tracing Circle
Store Price
Affordable Montessori
clear acrylic
$8.50
Affordable Montessori
wooden
$9.00
Alison's
wooden
$21.00
Hello Wood
blue acrylic
$18.00
IFIT
wooden
$6.00
Kid Advance
clear acrylic
$4.99
Materials Co. of Boston
wooden
$12.00
Montessori Outlet
clear plastic
$1.95
Nienhuis
style="font-size:80%">clear acrylic
$13.50
Replacement Knobs
Store Price
Affordable Montessori
for one
$0.40
Materials Co. of Boston
for 25
$7.50
Nienhuis
for 25
$22.50
Oceans Puzzle Map
Store Price
Affordable Montessori $49.00
E & O $54.00
Hello Wood $140.00
Leader Joy $45.95
Set of 8 Puzzle Maps with Cabinet
Store Price
Kid Advance $359.99

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