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Teachers can help students learn latitude and longitude skills using games and other motivating activities.
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. 
In this globe worksheet, students learn how longitude is measured on a globe. Students read the information before answering 5 questions. A globe will be required.
In this longitude worksheet, students read a 3-paragraph review of longitude and respond to 13 short answer questions.
Fifth graders are introduced to the concept of latitude and longitude and play a game to reinforce the concept. For 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.
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!
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.
Young scholars 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.
In this longitude worksheet, students read about how to determine the longitude of location while at sea and they answer 5 questions about calculating longitude.
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.
In this map skills worksheet, students read a short passage about lines of longitude, examine a map then complete 3 fill in the blank questions based on map reading skills.
In this social studies worksheet, students write answers to 34 questions responding to the film, Lost at Sea: The Search for Longitude. Students respond to questions before, during and after the film.
Young scholars identify various locations using latitude and longitude. For this map skills lesson, students use yarn and labels to create a "human globe." Young scholars identify the Prime Meridian, the Equator, and Northern and Southern Hemisphere.
Young scholars explore the concept of latitude and longitude.  In this latitiude and longitude instructional activity, students discover the meaning of these terms.  Young scholars then use their new knowledge to play a mapping game. 
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.
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.
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.
Students demonstrate their knowledge in using latitude and longitude measurements to find locations on a map, especially places in Hawaii.
Fourth graders examine how to use maps to locate major areas of the world, and the major lines of longitude and latitude. They use coordinate to locate and label the continents. Also, they determine what type of weather they could expect at various locations in the world.

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