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Teachers can help students learn latitude and longitude skills using games and other motivating activities.
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.
Fifth graders examine the geographic concept of absolute location. Using a variety of resources, they create a life-size classroom grid and locate the coordinates of a point, identify latitude and longitude of different locations, and create a mini-model of the globe using latitude and longitude lines.
Students explore geography by participating in a treasure hunt activity. In this Global Positioning System lesson, students define the terms latitude and longitude while utilizing an electronic GPS device. Students view a PowerPoint presentation about GPS devices and complete a worksheet treasure hunt activity in class.
Students investigate the country of Puerto Rico by completing geographic worksheets.  In this world geography lesson, students define latitude and longitude and use it to locate both Puerto Rico and their school.  Students identify several other locations on a world map and record their latitude and longitude on a worksheet.
Students explore the concept of absolution location. In this geography skills instructional activity, students discuss how to identify and locate latitude and longitude. Students play a game to reinforce the skills.
Students demonstrate how to locate places on a map using a grid. In this map skills lesson, students are introduced to latitude and longitude lines. Students define these terms and view a large map of a state. Students come up to the map to find a city with specific coordinates.
In this latitude and longitude worksheet, students read a short description then examine a map which displays lines of latitude and longitude. Students use this information to complete 3 fill in the blank questions. Students draw a mountain on the map at a given latitude and longitude.
In this latitude and longitude worksheet, students read about the lines of latitude and longitude and study the map of the lines for South Dakota. Students then use the lines of longitude and latitude to answer the questions. Students then use a map of the United States, find where they live on it, and find the lines of latitude and longitude. Students write the latitude first and include the directions of North, South, East, and West.
In this latitude and longitude worksheet, students use a map of Nigeria to answer questions about where different cities are located. There are four multiple choice questions and a description of an activity students could also do.
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!
Students 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.
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. 
Young scholars, 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.
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.
Seventh graders distinguish between latitude and longitude. In this geography lesson, 7th graders locate specific locations on the Earth using latitude and longitude, calculate distance using latitude and longitude, and discover differences between two locations on the Earth.
Students demonstrate their knowledge in using latitude and longitude measurements to find locations on a map, especially places in Hawaii.
Second graders use latitude and longitude coordinates to pinpoint an exact location on the map. For this geography lesson, 2nd graders utilize handouts from the Maritime Museum in order to gain practice in finding locations throughout the world.
Students find latitude and longitude on a map or atlas. They create maps with a cruise route. They practice plotting locations given latitiude and longitude.
Students analyze Columbus' rationale for sailing west, and find the latitude and longitude of modern and ancient place names.

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