TITLE: PLOTTING A HURRICANE USING LATITUDE AND LONGITUDE AUTHOR: Kathy Mendoza, Redemptorist High School, LA GRADE LEVEL/SUBJECT: 9 - 12 OVERVIEW: It is important for students to be able to read maps and understand the purpose of maps. Map skills support instruction in geography by helping students understand the role played by location. PURPOSE: This map skills lesson is to be used in the early part of the school year. It is designed to help students learn how to use the grid system to locate areas on a map and to help students understand that geography puts emphasis on "place." OBJECTIVES: Students will be able to: 1. Define "absolute location." 2. Define latitude and longitude. 3. Use the grid system. 4. Locate on a map or globe the Earth's poles, circles, tropics, and beginning points of measurements for latitude and longitude. 5. Use Cardinal and intermediate directions as well as latitude and longitude to locate places on a map. RESOURCES/MATERIALS: Atlas, map and worksheet handouts, colored pencils ACTIVITIES AND PROCEDURES: Have students practice using latitude and longitude. 1. Discuss in class and have students write in their notebooks the meaning of the following terms: absolute location intermediate directions parallels Antarctic Circle International Date Line Prime Meridian Arctic Circle relative location latitude Cardinal directions location scale Equator longitude South Pole grid meridian hemisphere Tropic of Cancer Tropic of Capricorn North Pole 2. On a world map handout have students label global reference points such as the Equator, Prime Meridian, the Cardinal directions, the North and South Poles. 3. Have students construct a page-size grid system in their notebooks using ten degree intervals and locate coordinates written on the blackboard. 4. Using an atlas and maps and worksheets from geography workbooks or worksheets constructed by the teacher students will: a. practice locating places on a map using latitude and longitude b. list the latitude and longitude of various locations on a map TYING IT ALL TOGETHER: Plot a tropical storm or hurricane using the latest coordinates from the morning newspaper and news reports. Students will have their own personal hurricane map. If there is more than one storm or hurricane to plot use different color pencils for each one. If there is no storm to plot, make one up.
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