Places on the Planet: Latitude and Longitude

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
6 7 8
Organization:American Geosciences Institute (AGI); Earth Science Week (ESW); Geological Society of America (GSA)
Publication Date:2006
Summary:You may have seen or used Global Positioning System (GPS) devices in cars or on camping trips. These devices use data from satellites orbiting the Earth to locate places on our planet. GPS devices describe the locations to us in the form of latitude and longitude coordinates. Citizen scientists involved in the Geological Society of America's EarthCaching project use GPS technology and latitude and longitude coordinates to find special places on the Earth. This activity will help you learn how to find locations using latitude and longitude; students use an orange and a marker to simulate the Earth, while using latitude and longitude information from a map to plot points. Students get to practice finding locations based on the map, their orange, and a set of numbers.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 1
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS1.B
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Scale, proportion, and quantity
Subjects: earth; earth science week; maps
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