Imaginary Island

Building upon and expanding the child's knowledge of geography concepts, the Imaginary Island is a wonderful example of cosmic education at work as it incorporates geography, maths, mapping, language and a whole host of other applications, depending on what other activities are included. This allows the child to make connections and discover for themselves the interconnectedness of our world.

This work is highly engaging - employing the child's knowledge and imagination simultaneously. Some children are happy to just draw their islands but I have found by adding the element of modelling it with clay or play-dough can add an extra dimension or engage those who are reluctant to explore this work.

We recently used a grid to model our islands on, which provided an opportunity for a couple of students to practice their recent mapping and coordinate skills.

The squares are 4 cm x 4 cm which allows the child to draw a copy more accurately to scale on a sheet of paper with grid squares of 2 cm x 2 cm (I have a file for you to download that you can find for free HERE). After creating the A3 (4 cm x 4 cm) grid I laminated it.

Once the child is happy with their island they can draw it onto their A4 paper grid.

The 'original' Imaginary Island (Tim Seldin's) is a great guide to helping the child think about various aspects of their island. You can also find other sample lessons if you Google "imaginary island" but, in my opinion the original outline to be the best and most comprehensive.

I was hoping that we would put our topographical mapping skills to use with this work and make the models more three dimensional - perhaps next time.

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