One more for geograhy

I recently blogged about the systematic way we teach geography in our homeschool, but I also wanted to share one activity we did at the beginning of our studies that was very fun and helpful.

I read the Grapefruit Lesson and thought it would be neat way to illustrate the idea that flat maps only approximate the way the world actually looks.

I wasn’t confident I could peel a grapefruit well enough to flatten it out into a “map” so I just took a little rectangular piece of paper on which I drew some continents and I asked Mackenzie to wrap my map around a tennis ball. She quickly ran into difficulty at the top and bottom, so we discussed how mapmakers try to account for that.

We then printed out a map (I think it was the one shown above), and I carefully cut it. Mackenzie and I worked together to fit it into a globe and tape it.

It’s a miracle our paper world survived, with Daniel’s curious hands nearby.

This appealed to my detail-oriented six year old and the lesson stuck with her. 🙂


About beanland

Scott is a family practice doctor and Anne is a full-time mother and teacher to three beautiful girls and one boy.
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One Response to One more for geograhy

  1. katrina says:

    What a great excercise – creative and encourages everyone to think ..!


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