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Getting it Straight with Latitude and Longitude Skills
Teachers can help students learn latitude and longitude skills using games and other motivating activities.
Understanding Latitude and Longitude
Teaching learners about latitude and longitude can get a little complicated. Present the concept by first representing it as a graph. Just like finding a location on a graph using the x and y-axis, learners will be able to locate items on a globe or map. A great way to tackle the concept!
Tracking a Potato Killer: using Longitude and Latitude to Map the Spread of P. Infestans
Where did the potato famine in the United States in the 1840s begin? After reading about the potato disease, young scientists will hypothesize about the type of disease and its origin. Then, using newspaper articles and other data, learners use latitude and longitude to map the instances of the disease, then analyze the data to try to trace its origin.
World Rescue Team: An Exercise in Latitude and Longitude
Third graders locate coordinates on a map. In this latitude and longitude lesson, 3rd graders view a website to become familiar with using coordinates to find a location on the map. Students are given a scenario and find a location at sea. Students complete a worksheet.
Mapping World Heritage
World heritage sites can be found around the globe. Many of these sites are noted for their importance in representing culture and location. Each activity included in this resource focuses on latitude/longitude, map skills, finding locations with coordinates, and discussing the importance of historic site preservation. The activity includes a video, web links, and several handouts, as well as vocabulary and teaching notes.
Globe Lesson 10 - Latitude Zones - Grade 6+
In this latitude zones worksheet, students read a 1-page review of latitude zones and respond to 7 short answer questions regarding the low, middle, and high latitude zones.
Globe Lesson 5 - Latitude - Grade 6+
In this latitude worksheet, students read a 3-paragraph review of latitude and respond to 12 short answer questions.
Latitude and Longitude
Fifth graders are introduced to the concept of latitude and longitude and play a game to reinforce the concept. In this latitude and longitude lesson, 5th graders play a matching game where they identify which card belongs on a specific place on a globe. Students then work in pairs to find specific places on a map regarding latitude and longitude measurements.
Latitude on World Maps - World Map Activity 2
Students explore the concept of latitude. In this geography instructional activity, students discover the global grid system and complete a map activity which require them to record the latitude of various cities in the world.
Tsunamis with a Latitude
Students evaluate earth science by examining maps in class. In this world geography lesson, students examine a spherical map and identify several important locations including the prime meridian, Antarctic Circle and tropic of Cancer. Students complete a worksheet based upon latitude and longitude coordinates and tsunami awareness.
Introduction to Latitude and Longitude
Learners examine lines of latitude and longitude on a United States map and discuss the reasons why these lines are helpful. They discuss ways that temperatures vary with latitude and discuss clothing that they would wear at specific latitudes.
Where in the World? :Understanding Latitude and Longitude
Students play a grid-based game and devise clues to help classmates locate spots on the globe in order to recognize the value of using longitude and latitude for identifying locations.
Snow Cover by Latitude
Learners create graphs showing the amount of snow coverage at various points of latitude and compare graphs.
"Yarning" About Latitude and Longitude
Students identify various locations using latitude and longitude. In this map skills lesson, students use yarn and labels to create a "human globe." Students identify the Prime Meridian, the Equator, and Northern and Southern Hemisphere.
Latitude and Longitude
Students explore the concept of latitude and longitude. In this latitiude and longitude lesson, students discover the meaning of these terms. Students then use their new knowledge to play a mapping game.
Tracking Satellites Using Latitude and Longitude
Students, viewing an Internet site, plot the path of several satellites using latitude and longitude over the course of an hour. They learn the four basic types of satellites and their purpose.
Longitude and Latitude
Pinhead Patty takes us around the globe and explains what latitude and longitude are in this entertaining video. The author uses an orange to demonstrate the line measurements on a sphere.
In this latitude activity, students answer questions about latitude that include absolute locations of countries and coordinates. Students complete 12 questions.
Latitude on World Maps
Sixth graders examine the purposes of maps. In this Geography lesson, 6th graders practice using latitude and longitude on a map.
Where in the World? The Basics of Latitude and Longitude
Students are introduced to the concepts of latitude and longitude. In groups, they identify the Earth's magnetic field and the disadvantages of using compasses for navigation. They identify the major lines of latitude and longitude on a map and determine the location of major cities using only latitude and longitude coordinates.