Globe Activities for Elementary School

Instructor: Josh Corbat

Josh has taught Earth Science and Physical Science at the High School level and holds a Master of Education degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Want your students to become better acquainted with globes while studying the Earth? This lesson details several activity ideas that rely heavily on globes and map-reading skills.

The Globe: A Near-Perfect Representation of Earth's Surface

The very best low-tech representation of Earth's surface we have available to us is the globe. Globes aren't exactly easy to carry around when exploring a new area, though, so most people rely on maps. When teaching students about maps and map-reading, it is important that they understand issues like distortion that naturally arise when 2D representations of a 3D object are created. Using globes in class is a great way to help students see how these different representations can give very different information. The activities below are designed to help students hone their globe- and map-reading skills in fun, engaging ways.

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