Montessori Puzzle Map of the World Lesson Activity for Ages 3 to 6
3 – 6 years approx.
MONTESSORI ACTIVITY OBJECTIVES
- To introduce the child to the flat representation of our world.
- To prepare him for later map work.
- To lead him towards abstraction – moving from the 3 dimensional to the 2 dimensional.
- Visual Discrimination
- Strengthening the hand for writing
MONTESSORI MATERIALS:Puzzle Map of the World
- Work Mat
CONTROL OF ERROR:
If the child does not prick the map of Africa deep enough into the plasticine there will be no impression of Africa once he has flattened it.
- Ask the child to carry the puzzle map to the floor in the way that you have previously shown him.
- Ask the child to bring the control map and place this below the puzzle map.
- Tell the child you are going to show him how we get from a round world to drawing a flat world. Tell the child that it is easier to draw a map this way – on a 2 dimensional level.
- Tell the child that when we draw a flat earth we can see the whole world and not just the part that we are looking at, as is the case with the globe.
- Roll some plasticine into a sphere and compare it to the globe. With a sharpish instrument, prick out a representation of Africa. Show the child. Place the plasticine on the board, take the knife and cut it in half.
- Place the halves on a plastic mat and one by one press them flat. Compare the flattened half to the puzzle map of the hemispheres. Saying that this is how we get a flat representation of our world. Say that when we cut a sphere into half we get two hemispheres – the eastern and western hemispheres. Do this as incidental naming but re-do this once the child has learnt his compass directions.
- Invite the child to have a turn.
This is an individual exercise done on the table on a work mat.