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Lesson Plan: Maps: Comparing maps and Globes Science

This lesson plan includes the objectives, prerequisites, and exclusions of the lesson teaching students how to locate the equator, the poles, and the hemispheres on a map and globe and compare the characteristics of maps and globes.


Students will be able to

  • define the equator, the poles, and the Northern and Southern Hemispheres,
  • define globe,
  • identify bodies of land and water on a globe,
  • locate the equator and the poles on a map and globe,
  • identify the Northern and Southern Hemispheres on a map and a globe,
  • compare and contrast the characteristics of maps and globes.


Students should already be familiar with

  • the four cardinal directions: north, east, south and west,
  • the shapes rectangle and sphere,
  • how to use the key and the compass rose on a map.


Students will not cover

  • the locations of continents or different habitats,
  • physical features other than bodies of land and water.

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