|Here Finding the North Pole on the Montessori Colored Globe.|
Most children, even those who do not celebrate Christmas, can tell you that Santa Claus lives at the North Pole. But where is the North Pole and what is it like? Students can use a globe to locate the North Pole. It is easy to understand what the North Pole is because it is the point in the Northern Hemisphere where the Earth’s axis meets the surface. The globe provides a concrete visual for students.
Montessori Geography Lessons: Studying the North Pole at Christmas
The next thing to explore is on which continent you would find the North Pole. Again, you can use the globe to explore the poles, along with the Montessori Puzzle Maps. Children will realize that the South Pole is located in Antarctica but the North Pole is actually in the middle of the Arctic Ocean. The ice at the North Pole shifts throughout the year and does not belong to any one continent.
Well, that is interesting! So, what does the North Pole look like? This is the perfect time to use some technology in the Montessori classroom. You can pull up pictures of the North Pole from sites like UniverseToday and NationalGeographic. You can even watch a video of a North Pole web cam from 2011.
All this should spur the children’s interest to do more research. Children can explore who and what lives at the North Pole. (Hint: There aren't any penguins or reindeer!)
Other topics could include:
- Traveling to the North Pole
- North Pole explorers and expeditions
- The difference between the geographic and magnetic North Pole
- Global warming
- Cities named “North Pole”
- Seasons at the North Pole
- And of course, Santa Claus – the man, the myth, and the legend
© North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Thursday, December 27, 2012.