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Learners explore the geographic regions of the United States. In this geography skills lesson, students examine the latitude and longitude, landforms, physical regions, natural resources, and climate of the United States. Learners create a model landform and also respond to essential questions throughout the lesson that are compiled in a portfolio.
Students investigate properties of triangles. In this properties of triangles lesson plan, students use latitude and longitude coordinates on a map to explore geometric relationships of triangles. Students use perpendicular bisectors, angle bisectors, and medians to solve a real-world problem about death rates during pregnancy.
Students sharpen their geography skills. In this geography lesson, students use various geography tools to identify the seven continents, the four major oceans, the north and south poles, equator, Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn, lines of latitude and longitude, and time zones.
Learners complete activities to learn skills necessary when taking a road trip. In this road trip lesson, students work in groups and are assigned locations to travel to. Learners use the Internet to locate points of interest to visit on their trip, locate lodging, and view the topography of the route. Students also complete longitude and latitude activities, landform identification, cost of the trip, calculate the distance in miles, determine the fuel amount, and time to return home.
Middle schoolers 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.
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.