Absolute and relative location are two basic, important geography tools that all students must master.
While there are many available assignments to teach these concepts to elementary school and middle school/junior high school students, here's one with a twist! Students will locate all 30 MLB teams using absolute and relative location.
Absolute location, of course, requires students to use latitude and longitude to give their answers. Relative location requires cardinal directions (north, south, east, west) and intermediate directions (northeast, northwest, southeast, southwest).
This would be an effective assignment as the Major League Baseball season opens its latest season.
Included, please find the assignment with chart for record-keeping, an answer key, and an idea for an extension assignment.
Plus, how about this idea for an educational technology twist? I used Google Earth and a custom-made kml file to bring the stadium tour to life in your classroom. I have included simple instructions to install the file on your laptop or desktop computer.
Find the link inside this packet.
This tour allows students to utilize modern technology in the classroom to better understand the locations of baseball facilities while also observing diverse environments and city structures from the air. There are several other real world benefits and I hope you will share them with your students!
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