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Students demonstrate their knowledge in using latitude and longitude measurements to find locations on a map, especially places in Hawaii.
Young scholars discuss the reasons why it's important to explain latitude and longitude and by creating quizzes in which other students can locate "mystery" places that they map on the computer.
Second graders use latitude and longitude coordinates to pinpoint an exact location on the map. In this geography lesson, 2nd graders utilize handouts from the Maritime Museum in order to gain practice in finding locations throughout the world.
Sixth graders identify at least ten places on the world map using given longitude and latitude points. They identify the longitude and latitude of ten places on the world map.
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.
Young scholars examine data from ocean buoys to determine the relationship between latitude, sea surface and temperature.  In this latitude lesson students use the Internet to access the information that allows them to better understand the differences between ocean and air temperature. 
This is an integrated lesson that incorporates Social Studies, Science, and Mathematics. In Social Studies, 7th graders complete an online interview and complete an online worksheet about latitude of sites on the Anza trail. In Science they measure angles of elevation and have a Moon Party. Mathematics lessons involve students with geometric concepts involved in the definition of latitude.
Students create graphs comparing the amount of snow cover along selected latitudes using data sets from a NASA website. They create a spreadsheet and a bar graph on the computer, and analyze the data.
Students define and use "absolute location," latitude, and longitude. They locate on a map or globe the Earth's poles, circles, tropics, and beginning points of measurements for latitude and longitude.
Young scholars analyze Columbus' rationale for sailing west, and find the latitude and longitude of modern and ancient place names.
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.
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 lesson includes a video, web links, and several handouts, as well as vocabulary and teaching notes. 
Students examine computerized data maps in order to create graphs of the amount of snowfall found at certain latitudes by date. Then they compare the graphs and the data they represent. Students present an analysis of the graphs.
Pupils investigate how to track satellites using latitude and longitude. They investigate what man learns from all the satellites currently being studied today. Students analyze the four basic types of satellite orbits.
Challenge your learners to wrap graph paper around a ping pong ball to represent the latitude and longitude of the earth. It just can't be done! But it's a great introduction to latitude and longitude. It can be looked at in two-dimensional form like looking at a map. This can be related to the Cartesian coordinate plane. It can also be looked at in three-dimensional form like on a globe. A great hands-on activity to learn about latitude and longitude.
Students use latitude and longitude to map the path of the Battle of Gettysburg.
Learners take a look at the local newspaper and focus on the weather section. They get into small groups, and each one looks at the same map, but of a different part of the country. They must prepare a presentation that shows how latitude and longitude affect the weather patterns in three different cities. The groups present their findings to the class, and everyone discusses how latitude and longitude can be used to help predict the weather.
In this latitude and longitude learning exercise, students fill in the blanks, answer short answer questions, define terms, look at maps, and more for latitude and longitude. Students complete 17 problems.
Students measure the height of items using an astrolabe.  In this latitude lesson students construct a sextant and determine height and latitude with it. 
Fifth graders explore places visited by Lewis and Clark. In this geographical concepts lesson, 5th graders plot places on a map and put events in chronological order. Students find locations on a map using longitude and latitude. Students create a map with written directions to get to Monticello.

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