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DLESE Teaching Boxes Prerequisite Lesson: Latitude and Longitude
In this lesson, students begin with a classroom activity in which they gain confidence in using cardinal directions. They 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.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Guide for instructor
    • Lesson plan
  • Geographical Sciences:
    • Physical geography
Technical requirements:
Adobe Acrobat required for some resources
Microsoft Word for Windows required for some resources
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DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-008-815
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Publisher: Digital Library for Earth Science Education (DLESE)
Teaching Boxes