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Middle schoolers explore the globe. In this globe skills lesson, students use their knowledge of latitude and longitude to respond to questions regarding Christopher Columbus's maiden voyage to the Americas.
Students 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 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. Students compose a message that gives their location using directional terms.
Learners compare/contrast the grid and latitude/longitude system used on a globe. They describe the areas which are considered to be a tropical, temperate, and polar, based on knowledge of climates.
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 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 go on a GPS scavenger hunt. They use GPS receivers to find designated waypoints and report back on what they found. They compute distances between waypoints based on the latitude and longitude, and compare with the distance the receiver finds. Students understand the usefulness of applied math in engineering and that all types of math is being used when a GPS guides them from point to point.
Learners determine the rate of seismicity by determining the frequency of aftershocks following a major earthquake. They incorporate the use of the Internet, Excel 2000, a map of their area with latitude and longitude markers, and paper for recording notes.
First graders plan and design a Schoolyard Flowers Experiment. They find the latitude and longitude of their school using the internet. Students predict what creatures they will find in the flowers and record their predictions. They draw conclusions based on the collected data.
Students explore the Louisiana Purchase territory. In this geography skills lesson, students use map skills in order to plot and note latitude and longitude, measure scale distance, and locate landforms that were part of the Louisiana Purchase.
Young scholars 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 view a film about how to locate a specific location on Earth. They examine the patterns of animal migration. They practice locating places on Earth using latitude and longitude.
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.
Students demonstrate the difference between magnetic and true north, In this navigation lesson students locate latitude and longitude and find distances between locations. 
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.
Third graders participate in a cooperative lesson involving the classroom teacher and the librarian. Each student researches one assigned explorer and produce a written report. They may create a project for bonus points. The study of latitude and longitude is incorporated into the learning process.
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.
Middle schoolers study the history of Sengbe Pieh and the Amistad Incident using latitude and longitude, the Pythagorean Theorem, and Distance/Rate/Time formulas.
Students interpret a map or Atlas. They determine latitude, longitude, and absolute location and create and evaluate a travel itinerary. They identify the benefits and drawbacks of an itinerary and conduct online research as a means to travel.
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.

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