A World Map Globe Brings the World Together
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.
Photos by Nancia
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.
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!
This large plastic globe is fun for geography games in group settings such as the classroom or after school programs.
More About World Globes - Helpful Sites
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
Same Area on Globe Today
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.
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.