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A World Map Globe Brings the World Together

Updated on January 8, 2016
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A World Globe Teaches How Close We All Are

When I want to learn about the world, I pick up a world map globe and search for a location that is new to me. I remember as a little girl having and using a world globe to study geography and world history. I still have a world globe in my home. In fact I have two globes today, one vintage globe from years past and a newer one showing the new European countries.

I had a world globe at home when raising my sons. They used it many, many times to work on reports, complete geography assignments and locate countries for history lessons. I bought my grandson a globe when he started first grade. I know that he will need to use this wonderful teaching tool many, many times throughout his school years.

There are so many different styles of world map globes even though there is only one world! There are the student globes, vintage or antique globes, glass globes to use as beautiful décor in a study, stand globes and mini-globes. Some globes light up and some globes are used for astronomy by showing the galaxy and star constellations.

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Explorer World Desk Globe Assorted Colors
Explorer World Desk Globe Assorted Colors

This is the globe we prefer in our house. It is easy to read, basic and up to date. It is perfect for the student in your home too.

 
World Globe Older Version
World Globe Older Version

How to Use a World Globe

Latitudes and Longitutes

Start with just spinning your world globe and finding well known countries such as the United States, Australia, Japan, England, Italy. Next practice finding other countries such as Belize, Monte Carlo, Pakistan, Romania and more. Just getting familiar with the continents is a good way to start geography lessons at home with your world map globe.

Explaining the lines or longitudes and latitudes is for older school children to understand. They will understand the basics of how pilots, ship navigators and even weather professionals or meteorologists use these markings to measure distance and find coordinates. Kids can practice writing the longitudes and latitudes for the countries listed above.

Other lines include the time lines which shows the time zones sections of our world is in. That is important to know in this digital age we live in today. The other items shown on a world map are oceans, seas and other bodies of water, elevations, and land masses. A world globe shows how interesting and diverse our world really is.


Student Globes versus an Online Map

Even in this world of internet, tablet notebooks and i phones, I believe every child should have and know how to use a world globe. There is nothing like seeing what our world really looks like in perspective.

Visually looking at our world on a round globe is as close as you can get to seeing how the world really looks. It is how it is in space and so many of us will never get the opportunity to take that flight to see our earth from space. Also, a globe is perfect for the person who is either a visual or tactical learner, or both!

A map on a computer screen is just too flat. Even with 3-D capabilities today, looking at a screen leaves out the actual spinning of the globe and seeing how the countries and continents are in relationship to each other.

There are many different styles of student globes but each one is just as good as the other. Just pick one out, purchase one for your student and watch their world open up!

Geography Lesson with the Globe

This short video explains longitude, latitude, date line, scales and more markings that are shown on the world globes.

Inflatable World Globes - Kids love these!

Inflatable World Globe 20"
Inflatable World Globe 20"

This large plastic globe is fun for geography games in group settings such as the classroom or after school programs.

 
Nancia's Old and New Globes
Nancia's Old and New Globes

Old and New World Globes

If you have an older globe like I do (from the early 80's), and then have a current new one, show children how countries change their borders and names sometimes after a dispute or war. Borders are always changing so you may have to update your globe periodically to show new country borders.

An area my father's family is from is Yugoslavia and Romania. the borders of my family's eastern European countries have been constantly changing as far back as my family history can go. In fact we may have trouble locating more relatives because we are not sure which country they now live in.

Studying different world maps from different time periods would open up dialoge on world history and current events. Speaking of current events, have children find a news article in either the newspaper or online about another country, then locate this country on their globe.


Yugoslavia - Eastern Europe Prior to 1989

Yugoslavia - Eastern Europe Prior to 1989
Yugoslavia - Eastern Europe Prior to 1989

Same Area on Globe Today

Same Area on Globe Today
Same Area on Globe Today

Romania

A markerCountry of my grandparents birth -
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Decorate with World Globes

A classy home or office bar would be a nice conversation piece. It is a beautiful and practical piece of furniture to add to any home décor. Decorating with world globes is perfect for your office space, den and even living area. There are globes that are made of decorative glass.

Some globes are large in a stand that can stand in a corner of the room. Those made of wood are very attractive and practical. There are even large floor size world globes that double as a portable home bar.

World globes also come in small sizes such as paper weights, Christmas ornaments, book ends and mini-globes for your desk. They make great gifts for weddings, birthdays and anniversaries. I see globes just about in every place I go. They are not limited to just one country and it's use is universal.

Sixteenth-Century Italian Replica Old World Globe Bar
Sixteenth-Century Italian Replica Old World Globe Bar

This is a great conversation piece in your home or office. If you don't want to use it as a bar, it can be used for storage.

 

Do you own a world globe at home?

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      Nancy Johnson 2 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      Found You on FB! Thank you for the compliment!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I taught geography for a number of years, and I'm a globe and map junkie. I love this hub.

      If you are on Facebook, look me up...Bill Holland in Olympia

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      Nancy Johnson 4 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      @greenspirit: Thank you for visiting my lenses. We love our globes and maps at our home too.

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      poppy mercer 4 years ago from London

      A lovely curation of world map globes. I love atlases and globes, and really enjoyed your presentation. Thanks for a lovely browse!

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      Nancy Johnson 4 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      @siobhanryan: This is so true. I am so glad to have the 2 globes to compare. Thanks for the Blessing.

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      siobhanryan 4 years ago

      Like this lens-many changes in terrorities in eastern europe in the past twenty years-Blessed

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      Nancy Johnson 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      @Jo11: Visually it is neat to see how the continents are placed on our global world.

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      Jo11 5 years ago

      Just so happens that I've been thinking (again) about getting a globe - never had one but always wanted one. Something to touch and feel, better visualize everyplace in relation to each other and.. to spin!

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      Nancy Johnson 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      @youthministry: That is so true, but sometimes spinning that globe and actually touching the raised topography is fun for the children especially if they are tatical learners. Thank you so much for you comment.

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      Paul Turner 5 years ago from Birmingham, Al.

      I do not. It seems with the age of google maps and real time changes in everything from topography to names of countries, world globes need a makeover.

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      Ardyn25 5 years ago

      Yes...I love globes, I taught my son the world on it., we'd read children's books about other countries and then he would find them on the globe when he was a toddler.. It still sits in our living room on the end table. We actually use it a lot still, if we hear something on the news we check the globe to where it is. Its handy.

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      Nancy Johnson 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      @anonymous: I so agree, our world is not flat. Thank you for the comment.

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      Nancy Johnson 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      @montanatravel52: My grandson is being homeschooled and uses his globe all the time. I know your children will too. Thank you for your comment.

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      hartworks lm 5 years ago

      Not now, but we had several when I was a kid.

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      montanatravel52 5 years ago

      I am looking for one now - I have 2 young kids at home, and after reading your lens, I want one in the house for them (and me too:)) My husband was born and raised in Croatia, and went through all the "geographical" changes to that area, so I was so happy to see that in your lens, with your personal stories! I used the "camo" theme for a hunting related lens (but didn't get it submitted in time for contest:))!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes, I got one for my husband's office. It is beautiful - on a big stand - but very useful. I like seeing where other cities and countries are on the globe rather than a flat map.

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      LoriBeninger 5 years ago

      Nice job. I love globes - they help to convey a sense of connection.

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      Nancy Johnson 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      @DrBillSmithWriter: Thank you!

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      Nancy Johnson 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      @SusanDeppner: Even though our kids are long gone out of the house, we enjoy looking at the globe sometimes. It still is quicker than the internet. :) Thank you for your nice compliment and squidlike.

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      Mamabyrd 5 years ago

      I don't own one now but I did as a child

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Neat - I really like this lens. Thanks for sharing! ;-)

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      We had a globe all through our kids' growing-up years and I miss it (it burned in our house fire). Thanks for this great reminder that I need to get a new one! Congratulations on your great performance in the Camo contest!