Students begin with a classroom activity in which they gain confidence in using cardinal directions. Students then work together on a web activity to learn the meaning of longitude and latitude and the method of notation. Two classroom activities are included to provide additional practice and to assess the students' ability to locate specific places worldwide.
By the end of this series of activities, students will be able to plot locations given a whole number latitude and longitude.
Ideas for introducing Lesson 1:
We will be using a lot of maps in our next series of activities. What kinds of information can be found on maps?
Lead the discussion so that students concentrate on the symbols of the cardinal directions and the lines indicating longitude and latitude. This will lead nicely into Activity 1 – Finding Yourself in the Classroom.
Activities in this lesson: 3
Classroom time: 2-3 class periods
Vocabulary: Latitude, longitude, degrees, equator, Prime Meridian, International Date Line, angle