LATITUDE AND LONGITUDE
No prep! Over 75 pages! Help your students fall in love with geography. This product is packed with fun activities and exercises that will develop your student’s knowledge of latitude and longitude. This best practice unit will make latitude and longitude seem simple, and it is a wonderful way to incorporate the National Geography Standards in your classroom. The product comes with a rational handout for why your students are learning the skill, essential vocabulary for mastering the skill, a short story about the skill, practice problems and a test. The unit culminates with a project for your students to demonstrate their knowledge and a rubric to assess their work. This book will set the tone for your class and give your students solid footing for the rest of their social studies classes. It is my hope that your students will understand that latitude and longitude played a major role in the development of our world.
The unit plan in this product is designed for five 60-minute classes. However, you can alter these plans to go as fast or as slow as you need to in order to meet the needs of your students. Each day comes with a bell ringer to start the lesson, activities during the lesson and an exit slip. In addition to that, there are handouts, a rubric and a list of standards that the unit addresses.
Teaching students the essential vocabulary words before the lesson is vital. Students who have an understanding of the important terms are more likely to comprehend the concept. There are many strategies to teach vocabulary words. For example, you may have your student’s draw pictures that relate to the words, or you may have them play a game like Pictionary or charades. Word maps or apps like quizlet are also wonderful ways to teach vocabulary words and reinforce their meaning.
Practice Problems and Handouts
Allowing students to complete practice problems will reinforce what you have taught them in class. For those students who are struggling with the concept, you may want to have them refer to the helpful handout to guide their learning.
The short story provides a fun and engaging reading that introduces your students to the geography concept. The story will help students recall the geography skill and assist them in applying that information to demonstrate their knowledge.
Demonstration of Knowledge
At the end of the unit there is a section for your students to demonstrate their knowledge of the concept through a test and project. This will provide you with a quick assessment of how well your student understood the material.
5-day lesson plan
Why study latitude and longitude handout
Essential vocabulary handout
Vocabulary activity worksheet
Helpful handout: Find Places- a step- by- step guide to finding absolute location
Practice problems worksheet: Oceans of the world
Practice problems worksheet: Countries of the world
Practice problems worksheet: Continents of the world
Create your own worksheet
Challenge project instructions handout
Challenge project rubric handout
Challenge project worksheet
Testing rules handout
Latitude and longitude test
*accessing prior knowledge
*using complete sentences
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHY STANDARDS
ESSENTIAL ELEMENT 1. THE WORLD IN SPATIAL TERMS
Standard 1. How to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information from a spatial perspective.
Standard 2. How to use mental maps to organize information about people, places, and environments in a spatial context.
Standard 3. How to analyze the spatial organization of people, places, and environments on Earth’s surface.
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