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small object(s) that represents a larger one
Also called the Land and Water Globe.
This material introduces the child to the concept of the globe as a representation of the earth.
The small object (or objects) to go with the globe could be just about anything. In this example, we'll use a toy plane.
- Show the child the correct way to carry the globe. One hand should hold the base underneath and the other hand should be on top.
- Take the Sandpaper Globe and the toy plane to a mat or table.
- Show the child the toy car.
"What is this?" ("A plane." or "A toy plane.")
- "Is this the same size as a real plane?" ("No, it's smaller.")
- "Right. This isn't a real plane. It can't really fly, and it's way too small for people to ride in it. It's a model that represents the real thing."
- Set the plane down and point to the globe.
"This globe is a model of our planet earth. It's much, much smaller, but it represents the real thing."
- "The smooth blue areas represent the water."
Let the child feel the smooth areas.
- "The rough brown areas represent the land."
Let the child feel the rough areas.
Points of Interest
- touching the rough and small areas
- the idea of a smaller thing representing a larger one
Control of Error
Variations and Extensions
- Polyhedral Maps in Paper - foldable paper globes to print
The small object to help introduce the globe could be:
a toy plane, a toy car, a toy animal, a toy house, etc.
Make Your Own
- You could get an old globe from a thrift store (one of those that still has the USSR on it) and paint it blue and brown. Then put glue on the brown land areas and sprinkle on sand.
- If you'd like to make a Land and Water Globe pillow, there is a lovely fabric available from Spoonflower designed by a Montessori homeschool mom. The finished globe is around 7"-8" (depending on how full you stuff it). The fabric is $12 with shipping.
Source: Walk Beside Me
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Prices and links checked: 23 January 2022
- Basic Montessori: Learning Activities for Under-fives by David Gettman, pages 188-189