Absolute and relative location are two basic, important geography tools that all students must master. Why not teach students these vital skills in a fun, active way? This assignment will do just that!
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).
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 32 NFL football teams using absolute and relative location.
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This would be an effective assignment near the beginning of the school year, when students are transitioning into autumn and the NFL season opens its newest season. However, its strength will help reinforce skills later in the school year as well.
Included, please find the assignment with a chart for record-keeping, an answer key, a blank USA map, a political USA map, and an idea for an extension assignment.
Plus, how about this idea for an educational technology twist? If you have Google Earth installed on your classroom computer(s), you can visit each and every NFL football stadium! Simply, download the KML file included in this packet and the file should load automatically into Google Earth. Take your students on a virtual tour today.
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