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A small colored globe with each continent painted a different color.
The color code carries through to subsequent materials:
North America – Orange
South America – Pink
Africa – Green
Europe – Red
Asia – Yellow
Australia – Brown
Antarctica – White


  1. Show the child the colored globe. Invite the child to carry the colored globe to a table, while you carry the sandpaper globe to the same table. Position the globes next to each other with the colored glove on the right side of the sandpaper globe.
  2. Sitting at the table with the child, position the globes so the same continents and oceans are facing the child simultaneously.
  3. Notice how the land and water formations match up on both globes, converse about the different colors and feelings between the globes.
  4. Introduce the new language of continents by going over how the different colors represent different continents. Show and introduce the language of oceans. For example “Large bodies of water are called oceans, here is an ocean!”
  5. Once you’ve gone over the continents and oceans, perform a three period lesson so that the child learns to identify continents and oceans.
  6. Let the child explore the globe.


Child works independently.


Continents and oceans.

Control of Error


Direct Purpose

Familiarity with the concept of, and the ability to identify, continents and oceans.


3 to 3 1/2


It is possible to present this on the same day as the sand paper globe if the child is ready, but it makes more sense to let the vocabulary of the previous lesson to resonate with the child before moving on to this material.

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