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Students explore GPS mapping skills. In this surveying and map making instructional activity, students create a baseline and resulting area using string and stakes. Students measure and record angles created. Students use a GPS receiver to record the latitude, longitude, and other location data present in the physical space they are surveying.
Students evaluate earth science by examining maps in class. In this world geography lesson, students examine a spherical map and identify several important locations including the prime meridian, Antarctic Circle and tropic of Cancer. Students complete a worksheet based upon latitude and longitude coordinates and tsunami awareness.
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.
Students 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. Students view a PowerPoint presentation about GPS devices and complete a worksheet treasure hunt activity in class.