Today we looked at the globe and explored various parts of it through a discussion and then by playing Globe Trotter, a simple geography game. We found each of the continents and oceans, the equator, the poles, the Arctic and tropic circles, the prime meridian, the international dateline, the compass rose, and our location.
We also compared maps and globes and listed what each is best for. (Oh, and while we were doing that we also compared the look of certain places, like Greenland, to see if they looked the same on the map and on the globe.)
Globe Trotter Game Exploration
Finally, we played Globe Trotter. It’s a really simple geography game that takes no preparation at all. We took turns spinning the globe and then stopping it with our finger on a random spot. Wherever it stopped, we Googled that spot and wrote down at least 3 things we learned about that place on the globe. Tyler’s finger stopped on the Lena River in Siberia. Besides what he wrote about, we also discovered something very interesting about the Lena River, especially in light of the fact that we’re studying the differences between maps and globes. The Lena River, though it’s the 10th longest in the world, LOOKS like the longest river on a Mercator map (because like Greenland, it gets skewed and enlarged due to its closeness to the North Pole.)
Have fun playing Globe Trotter! Tell us all about the cool places your finger stopped on!
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This game comes from Unit 1-1 in the Layers of Learning program. You can try out the whole unit for free.
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