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World on a Window Sill, Part 1



World on a Window Sill, Part 1
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     challenging words:    thematic, capitals, atlas, latitude, landforms, sphere, lines, clearly, view, case, physical, between, planet, difference, accurate, east
     content words:    South America, North America, Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, North Pole, South Pole, Prime Meridian, Eastern Hemisphere, Western Hemisphere, Window Sill


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World on a Window Sill, Part 1
By Trista L. Pollard
  

1     In every classroom on our planet, there is a "world on a window sill." Or maybe it sits on a shelf. No matter where it sits, this model is a smaller view of Earth. Globes are the most accurate or correct models of our planet. They show that Earth is a sphere. If we were looking at Earth from space, we would see its round shape. We would also see only one side of the Earth or a hemisphere. Hemisphere means half of a sphere. All globes are shaped like a sphere, even if they are different sizes.
 
2     Just like world maps, the globe is divided into areas of land and water. The only difference is that a globe is three dimensional. You can clearly see all seven continents and all of the oceans on a globe. It shows the exact location and shape of these landforms. A little more than 1/4 of the Earth is covered with land. Just in case you forgot, these are the seven continents Australia, Antarctica, Europe, Africa, South America, North America, and Asia. Europe and Asia are the only two continents that are one big landmass. Geographers sometimes call it Eurasia. When looking at a globe, you also see sections of the land. These are countries and states.
 
3     There are five oceans on Earth the Indian, the Arctic, the Atlantic, the Southern or Antarctic, and the Pacific. Our largest ocean is the Pacific. Take a look at the globe in your classroom. Which ocean is the smallest? Smaller bodies of water flow into our oceans. You will learn about those landforms later.

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