Understanding and Using Globes

Contributor: Victoria Surface. Lesson ID: 10271

What can we learn from a great big ball? What if this ball were bigger than you can imagine, big enough for you to live on? Using videos and some fun crafts, learn about globes and oceans and stuff!



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Primary (K-2)
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At one time, people believed the Earth was flat. Then, it was discovered that the Earth is actually round. One of the earliest globes representing the round Earth was made in 1492! Are all globes the same? What can we learn from globes? In this lesson, you will explore globes using videos, online resources and activities, and a fun balloon project!

A globe is a round ball model of the earth.

It shows the location of the seven continents and the five oceans.

Globes have imaginary lines of longitude and latitude. One imaginary line that divides the earth in half is called the equator. Imaginary lines on a globe help us locate places on the earth.

Begin the lesson by printing the Graphic Organizer - KWL Chart from Downloadable Resources in the right-hand sidebar.

A KWL chart is a graphic organizer designed to help you construct meaning by mapping out what you are learning throughout a lesson or topic.

For this lesson, your KWL Chart will be about globes, continents, and oceans of the earth. Fill in the chart as you work through the lesson. In the K column, write what you already KNOW. In the W column, write what you WANT to learn.

You may also draw pictures (if you printed the chart) in any of the columns to help you remember.

  1. Now that the chart is ready, watch Maps and Globes from TheMsHamon (below), focusing on the first part of the video about globes.
  1. Then, watch ABCmouse.com's Continents and Oceans (below) to learn about the seven continents and five oceans of the world.
  1. Fill in the L column on your KWL Chart by writing what you LEARNED. You can continue to fill in the L column throughout the lesson.

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Explore different virtual globes using the really cool 3D Interactive Earth Globe from echalk.co.uk. You can view all kinds of globes including photorealistic, population, climate, precipitation, and energy consumption!

Explore to find out where most people live in the world, where it rains the most, which areas use the most energy, and more. You can also explore using Google Earth (Google Earth may require a browser download).

Continue on to the Got It? section to get creative!

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