Global Positioning Systems/GPS Teacher Resources
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Students study the basic concepts of the Global Positioning System and how it increases the accuracy of navigation. They examine trilateration and how the speed of light is used to calculate distances.
Students investigate how Global Positioning Systems work and how and why GPS receivers make errors. They graph data points and apply estimation and prediction to real-life GPS situations, discuss time delay, and complete a worksheet.
Students participate in a Longitude-meets-latitude project comes together on the Web!
Learners determine how the global positioning system works. Students explain the use of global positioning satellites, identify 3 uses for GPS, and identify different locations on the Earth's surface using methods similar to GPS.
Students explore geography by completing a navigation activity in class. In this satellite positioning lesson, students define terms such as orbit, satellite, GPS and triangulation. Students view diagrams of the Earth's orbit and complete math problems to determine the differences in geographic locations on Earth.
Students are shown the very basics of navigation. The concepts of relative and absolute location, latitude, longitude and cardinal directions are discussed, as well as the use and principles of a map and compass.
High schoolers identify and research navigational tools used in deep sea explorations. They are introduced to a compass, the Global Positioning System and sonar technology and then describe their uses in underwater exploration.
Students locate objects using a Global Positioning System. In this global geography instructional activity, students explore latitude and longitude using a GPS in order to locate objects.
Students study GPS and see how it is used to determine points on the Earths surface. In this expedition lesson students use GPS to find given coordinates.
Students identify basic knowledge of a GPS and its related terminology. Students list the common uses of a GPS unit and the common sources of error when using GPS receivers. Students comprehend the need and application of GPS/GIS in various areas of work and recreation.
Students measure movements in the Earth's crust due to seismic activity. Students calculate the amount of displacement in horizontal and vertical direction due to an earthquake.
Students practice using Global Positioning Systems (GPS). In this mapping skills lesson, students practice using GPS technology as they create 3-D maps and analyze the data they provide.
Students calculate the amount of displacement after an earthquake. In this seismic event lesson students research the Internet, and fill out a CORS data sheet.
Learners examine landforms. In this social studies lesson, students bounce a beach ball around in order to discover that seventy percent of the Earth is covered in water. Learners
Fifth graders research a location for a possible vacation given the scenario of receiving a free airline ticket good for anywhere in the world. They use the internet to explore the possible geographical location.
Students understand what the Global Positioning System (GPS) is and how it works. They discover the history of the development of GPS and how the military uses GPS. They realize why GPS was essential to the success of Operation Desert Storm.
Middle schoolers practice math skills through problem-solving scenarios and word problems; explore how the Global Positioning System (GPS) and advancements in navigation have an impact on our lives and society
Students study the basic methods for finding one's position on Earth. Latitude can be deduced from the height above the horizon of the pole star or of the noontime Sun, while longitude requires an accurate clock giving universal time.
Students make connections between two-dimensional graphs and three-dimensional maps. They generate and analyze 3-D graphs, and simulate the real world applications of GPS technology.
Students participate in a scavenger hunt and a drawing activity to examine the use of Global Positioning Systems including a handheld GPS receiver for personal navigation. They practice using the GPS receivers while collecting data from which they decide how to navigate to set points.