Projections and Coordinates: Turning a 3D Earth into Flatlands

Introduce your class to map projections and coordinates, the basics for the work done in a GIS, with an activity that uses Google Earth to challenge learners to think about the earth's shape. 

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Instructional Ideas

  • collect copies of maps that use the different projections to show to the class
  • Have class members find the coordinates of their houses and the school
Classroom Considerations

  • Pupils will need access to Google Earth in order to complete the handout
  • The second installment in a nine-part series

  • The worksheet comes as a doc, so you can modify it to include locations pertinent to your class
  • The answer key has notes to teachers explaining how to adjust or find other data points

  • Though the lesson plan contains a lot of information, it does not include a framework to present the informaton