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Students 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.
Middle schoolers 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.
Students analyze Columbus' rationale for sailing west, and find the latitude and longitude of modern and ancient place names.
Students 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.
In this latitude and longitude worksheet, students fill in the blanks, answer short answer questions, define terms, look at maps, and more for latitude and longitude. Students complete 17 problems.
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.
Students explore the global grid system. In this globe lesson, students identify latitude and longitude lines and how these can tell the coordinates of any place. They use the Internet to find the exact coordinates for their town. 
Students move themselves around a "world" map on the classroom floor, using lines of latitude and longitude to locate specific spots. They determine the locations of 11 countries where Peace Corps Volunteers are serving and identify in which continent the country is located.
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. 
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.
Learners are introduced to the concept of stellar navigation. Inside a portable digital planetarium they identify various stars that were used as a navigational tool. They go through several activities in which they attempt to identify their location on earth (in latitude and longitude measurements) using the night sky.
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.
In this Earth geometry worksheet, students use Google Earth to understand more about latitude and longitude. Students complete 3 short answer questions.
For this coordinate systems worksheet, students use Google Earth to learn about latitude and longitude system. This worksheet has 1 graphic organizer and 7 fill in the blank questions.
Students acquire a working knowledge of the geographical concepts: absolute location, relative location, longitude and latitude. They analyze primary sources that shows the physical and human characteristics of the places along the 1899 Harriman Alaska Expedition's route. Students generate route maps using sequencing skills.
Learners 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. Learners view a PowerPoint presentation about GPS devices and complete a worksheet treasure hunt activity in class.
Learners investigate coordinate graphing. In this Algebra I lesson, pupils determine the distance between two cities by finding the vertical and horizontal distances using the longitude and latitude readings.  They  use the Pythagorean Theorem to determine the distance and convert the degrees to miles.
Students learn about tsunamis that have occurred in different parts of the world and locate recent tsunamis using longitude and latitude on a map. In this tsunami lesson plan, students read a report of a tsunami to the class.

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