Map Skills: Latitude and Longitude Overview

Map Skills: Latitude and Longitude Overview
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(3 MB|4 pages)
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A great way to start your history class is with review of basic map skills. This product is ideal for highlighting the basic latitude and longitude skills students need to understand and use maps.

This file includes:

- one information sheet – student notes – about maps, continents, latitude & longitude lines

- one page student activity – questions for students that cover basic latitude & longitude concepts.

- two PowerPoint slides that includes a world map with latitude & longitude lines, which match the map on the information sheet & activity. You can add or delete slides as needed.

I developed this product as a way of introducing/reviewing the difference between latitude & longitude lines with my 6th graders at the start of the school year.

For my lesson, I use a globe and the projected world map to discuss with students the equator, prime meridian, international dateline, and the 4 hemispheres.

It is also helpful to have students point to different locations/features on their own copy of a world map during discussion.

We discuss why lines of latitude and longitude are labeled with degree measurements & direction.

You can use the information sheet as a guide for student notes.

Use the assignment as in class work or as homework.


You Might Also Be Interested In:

Continent Location Activity for Ancient Civilizations.

World Map Test Set for Ancient Civilizations.


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Total Pages
4 pages
Answer Key
Not Included
Teaching Duration
40 minutes
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