Land and Water Forms

LAND AND WATER FORMS (small group presentation)

Purpose:
To give sensorial impression of major land and water forms.
To give geography vocabulary.
To observe the forms as they exist in reality.

Material:
Ten land and water models prepared in trays, waterproof and with a pouring lip.
Each unit should be similar in form to its opposite number.
They are island and lake, cape and bay, peninsula and gulf, strait and isthmus, archipelago and system of lakes.
One small tray with a jug, a small sponge or towel, and bucket.
Box of objects, tray and towel.

Presentation:
Invite a small group of children to join you.
Show them where the land and water forms are kept.
Start with the lake and island. Have a child carry each with two hands and have the other child carry the small tray with the jug.
Take the material to a table.
One child fills the jug with water. “We are going to pour water to show the geographical land and water forms.”
Pick up the jug and pour enough water into the tray to make the land or water form visible. “This is a … .”
Give a brief definition and discuss real examples.
Invite a child to pour water into the other form. “This is a … .”
Give a brief definition and discuss real examples.
Proceed with a three period lesson.
To clean up: note spout and pour water into bucket for each form.
Empty bucket at sink.
Dry out all containers and replace materials.

Exercise 1:
As in presentation.
Continue to introduce land and water forms two at a time as above.

Exercise 2:
Have the children pour water into two geographical forms.
Review names. Introduce box of objects.
Remove objects one at a time and name.
Discuss the objects with the children and decide if they belong on land or in water and place appropriately.

Exercise 3:
Invite the children to make their own land and water forms.

Exercise 4:
Look for real examples of the geographical forms in atlases, magazines and books.

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