1. Instruct young children to put a sticker on his/her right thumb.  Older children will know left from right and won’t need a sticker.

2. Ask the children to predict if land or water will be “caught” most often.

3. To begin, an adult tosses out the globe.

4. A student catches the globe and identifies the place on the globe under his/her right thumb.

5. Is it land or water?

Chart tallies on a grid labeled Land/Water

Students will toss the globe to one another a number of times.

Results will be tallied on chart paper and/or the chalkboard.

Predictions?  Observations?   Finding and Conclusions?


Continue playing Toss the Globe . . .

6. Near the equator?

7. North or south of the equator?

8. Tropic of Cancer?

9. Tropic of Capricorn?

10. Near the poles?

11. North Pole?  Artic Circle?

12. South Pole?  Antarctic Circle?

13. Name of country?

14. Name of continent?

15. Name of ocean or body of water?

16. Relative location?

17. Absolute location?


What did you discover? What are you wondering?



©Natasha Bochkov, M.C.S., Martin Bayes, Ph.D., and Donna LaRoche, M.Ed.

Toss the Globe

By Donna LaRoche




Inflatable globe


Chart paper and markers

Chalkboard and chalk