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Students read newspaper articles. In this social studies instructional activity, students locate the latitude and longitude of the location where the news article takes place. Students write a summary of the news article.
Fourth graders recognize the different continents. They are introduced to longitude and latitude and how to find locations using these measurements. This series ends with an emphasis on the fifty states of the United States and their capitols.
Students participate in a Longitude-meets-latitude project comes together on the Web!
Learners identify Earth's equator, prime meridian, lines of latitude, lines of longitude, parallels, and meridians.
Students in this exercise are introduced to the distinct ways of measuring distance (nautical miles) and speed (knots) at sea, as well as the concepts of latitude and longitude for establishing location.
Learners locate points using longitude and latitude coordinates. They locate their home using longitude and latitude, explore the uses of GPS, and accurately use a GPS.
Students identify longitude and latitude and how they were, and are, determined, and discuss the rudiments of navigation in the eighteenth century.
Learners explore longitude, latitude and cardinal directions. In this social studies lesson, students use the geographical clues in the letter to determine where the bottle originated. Learners compose a message that gives their location using directional terms.
Students practice longitude and latitude plotting skills, mapping skills, and applying math skills for practical use. They participate in a simulation of delivering a package by following a directions on a map.
Eighth graders plot points of longitude and latitude on a world map. In groups, they create a model of the earth's interior and label the parts,
Students use a world outline map to locate places using coordinates of latitude and longitude. They answer questions about places based on their knowledge of the map and on their research and make up more questions of this sort for each other to answer.
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 examine Illinois urban centers and compare them to centers outside the state that have the same approximate latitude and longitude. By discovering the transportation arteries, communications systems, and cultural/recreational relationships, they observe the commonalities of the urban centers.
Fourth graders look through the atlas to locate their missing principal. They use longitude and latitude to identify various locations around the world. Students strengthen their map skills.
Fifth graders use the scale, the key, and longitude and latitude on a map to determine where they have crashed. They use the map scale to determine the distance to the nearest city and how long it will take them to get there. They describe the motion of an object by tracing and measuring its position over time. This is a fun way for students to explore coordinates on Earth and location using latitude and longitude.
Students study the history of Sengbe Pieh and the Amistad Incident using latitude and longitude, the Pythagorean Theorem, and Distance/Rate/Time formulas.
Students plot a hiking course using aerial photos and a topographic overlay and find the latitude and longitude of absolute locations. They measure the total distance of a hiked area and figure the area of the ground walked using Heron's Formula.
Middle schoolers plot stranding sites onto a map using latitude and longitude as well as compass directions with respect to coastal features. They identify several species of marine animals that might become stranded; distinguish their characteristics and habitats.
Students access online weather information regarding cities of the same latitudes, but in different hemispheres. They collect and compare current and historical data and decide whether or not each city experiences summer and the other seasons at the same time.
Students locate different places on globes and maps by learning about latitude and longitude lines. In this latitude and longitude lesson plan, students identify specific locations based on the degrees of latitude and longitude.

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