Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Geography Training Part 6: Land and Water Forms

The first lesson on land and water forms is the fundamental concepts. These are not scientific works. The important aspect in this work is that the land and water forms are presented in pairs. The child can see that one landform is obtained from the portion that has been removed from the other.

Here is a picture of our instructor and some of my class members making the land and water forms.

Allow children to make the land and water forms in containers using clay and then have them fill them with water. With the land and water forms we are at the sensorial level. These should not look realistic and should not be used with any little objects like trees, plants, etc... It is very important that the children get to work with their hands and create their own land and water forms and not just watch the teacher do it.

Our instructor.

The second lesson would be the paper lesson. The children can cut the land forms out of sand paper or brown paper and glue them on top of blue construction paper.

1. The child creates all eight land and water forms from paper and labels them.
2. The child generates a definition for each land and water form or develops a few sentences about the land and water form.
3. The child organizes 1 and 2 above into a booklet.
4. Introduce other land and water forms: cape and bay, Archipelago and Chain of Lakes
5. Work with the Land and Water Form Mat from Waseca.

Landform Mat from Waseca

Nomenclature Cards. Island, Lake, Peninsula, Gulf, Isthmus, and Strait
You can download these cards along with definition cards for free at montessorimaterials.

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