Monday, October 8, 2007

Montessori Imaginary Island

To help children integrate their present level of understanding about physical geography, biomes, how human beings meet their needs in different settings and cultural geography through the creative developement of an imaginary island placed somewhere on the globe.

I made my materials a little over 2 years ago and my kiddos have enjoyed them ever since.

I printed my colored files onto letter size labels.
I laminated the printed side using Walmart's laminating paper (found in the drawer liner area).
Then I cut each square apart and stuck them to foam that I purchased from Hobby Lobby.

I used dark blue for water forms and green for the land forms.
So far they have held up through 2 boys.
For storage I use a tupperware container.
I ended up with a total of 155 pieces...and it still doesn't seem to be enough..LOL

Here is the download link for the files. The originals were made by a dear friend of mine Colleen, I just colored them in for easy printing.

Here is some information on the Imaginary Island.

Tim Seldin's Imaginary Island Studies
Sample Lesson from NAMC
What's included with the materials?

Worksheets that can be used with it:
My imaginary Island Worksheet
Imaginary Island worksheet
Imaginary Island Worksheet 2
Imaginary Island Checklist
Imaginary Island Example For Upper Elementary

Imaginary Island Pictures

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Geography Ideas

A GF did the following study for North America, it was a great sucess!

Make continent boxes
a cloth map
maps for them to color of that continent with the countries
command cards
labels of the mountain ranges for them to place on the cloth map
coloring command cards also (Find Greenland, color it green)
Artifacts (a 'capirucho' from El Salvador and some key chains with gourd jars - not much yet but hope to add more artifacts).
'label me' pages for landforms and rivers from enchantedlearning and answer keys.
Pin map for rivers of North America
Draw a world map without looking at anything.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Continent Folders

Here's a list of what pictures to add to your continent folders:

People and families
Culture - goods, work, native dress
Villages or Houses
Spiritual grounds - Churches, temples

Go here for links to royalty free clip art and photos: