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Maps & Globes PDF


Maps & Globes is an introduction to geography, including map and globe basics and the continents and oceans. For all ages from 6 to 18.

This is the first unit of the Layers of Learning People & Planet Geography course. In this unit, you will learn about how maps and globes are a representation of the earth, how to use maps and globes, and about the continents and oceans of Earth. It contains sections on:

  • What Is Geography?
  • Globes
  • Maps
  • Continents & Oceans

Some of the activities inside this unit include:

  • Building a World Explorer Journal
  • A game about cultures and some of the elements of a culture
  • A model of Earth to make yourself
  • A globe scavenger hunt
  • A paper craft of the place of Earth in space
  • A paper book to assemble about “Where I Live”
  • A tour of an atlas
  • A mini orienteering course in your yard to learn about cardinal directions and the basics of compasses
  • A city map to color and practice giving directions
  • A continents puzzle
  • And much more

Each Layers of Learning History unit includes library lists of books, a family read-aloud suggestion, hands-on activities, printables and paper crafts, sidebars for extra learning, and tools to help you assess student’s progress and mastery.


This unit was written to be used for a month but contains plenty of content for many more weeks of learning if you choose. This is a pick-and-choose curriculum, meant to be cycled back to in the future when your child is older. As such, it intentionally includes far more material than you can possibly cover in a month.

Maps & Globes is also part of the overall People & Planet course, the first Year of the four year Layers of Learning Geography cycle. If you use the program in order it will take you though the geography of the world from the continents in Year One to countries across the globe in the remaining years. However, each unit stands alone and can be used independently of any other unit.

Printable Pack

This unit comes with a downloadable Printable Pack that includes all the student worksheets. The printables can be copied as many times as needed for your family or class.

This is the Printable Pack cover. You can download the Printable Pack from your receipt or from your account at Layers of Learning.

Extra Resources

This unit comes with extra weblinks and a YouTube video playlist on the People & Planet Resources page.


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