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A young man walks through a metal map in the street of Dalian, a city in China.

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ocean gyre
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ocean gyre

A gyre is a circular ocean current formed by the Earth's wind patterns and the forces created by the rotation of the planet

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: biodiversity, currents, ekman spiral, latitude, nutrients, ocean gyres, oceanography, pollution, salt, temperature, thermohaline circulation, wind
A Latitude/Longitude Puzzle
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A Latitude/Longitude Puzzle

Students use latitude, longitude, and research on characteristics of different states and regions to solve a puzzle.

  • Best for: Grades 3-4 (ages 8-10)
  • Concepts: grid, latitude, location, longitude, mapping, map skills
Latitude, Longitude, and Temperature
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Latitude, Longitude, and Temperature

Students look at lines of latitude and longitude on a world map, predict temperature patterns, and then compare their predictions to actual temperature data on an interactive map. They discuss how temperatures vary with latitude and the relationship between latitude and general climate patterns....

  • Best for: Grades 5-6 (ages 10-12)
  • Concepts: climate patterns, degrees, hemisphere, latitude, location, longitude, map skills, temperature
Geography-Rich Classroom
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Geography-Rich Classroom

Get ideas for incorporating geography into any classroom or discipline. Immerse your students in these creative projects.

  • Best for: Grades K-12 (ages 5-18)
  • Concepts: arts, classroom, climate, coordinates, current events, distance, environment, games, gardens, geography, globalization, history, interactives, latitude, literature, location, longitude, maps, movement, music, natural disasters, parks, pen pals, physical features, physical geography, place, puzzles, quizzes, regions, religion, scale, transportation, travel, united states, weather, world maps, writing
Fun with Geography
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Fun with Geography

Get ideas for how to have fun with geography in your daily life.

  • Best for: Grades 2+ (ages 7+)
  • Concepts: arts, cardinal direction, cartography, celebrations, crafts, cultures, current events, directions, earth, equinoxes, family, flags, food, geography, geography education, globe, hurricanes, knowledge, latitude, longitude, maps, natural disasters, neighborhoods, news, physical geography, recipes, route, routes, schools, seasons, six senses, solstices, teaching, treasure hunt, tropical storms
waypoint
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waypoint

A waypoint is a reference point that helps us know where we are and where we're going. Whether we’re driving, sailing, or flying, waypoints help us find our way.

  • Best for: Grades 4+ (ages 9+)
  • Concepts: coordinates, geocaching, geography, gps, latitude, location, longitude, waypoints
longitude
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longitude

Encyclopedic entry. Longitude is the measurement east or west of the prime meridian.

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: coordinates, direction, latitude, longitude, meridians, navigation
latitude
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latitude

Latitude is the measurement of distance north or south of the Equator.

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: coordinates, degrees, equator, geography, latitude, location, parallels
Mapping World Heritage
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Mapping World Heritage

Students learn about UNESCO World Heritage sites and use pictures and clues to identify the locations of the sites on a large map. They use geographic coordinates to refine the locations of the sites and consider how geographic coordinates are part of a helpful system of location.

  • Best for: Grades 3-8 (ages 8-14)
  • Concepts: environment, geographic coordinates, heritage, location, mapmaker kits, world heritage sites
equator
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equator

Encyclopedic entry. The Equator is an imaginary line around the middle of the Earth. It is halfway between the North and South Poles, and divides the Earth into the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.

  • Best for: Grades 4+ (ages 9+)
  • Concepts: equator, globes, great circles, latitude, measurement, rotation, spheres
hemisphere
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hemisphere

Encyclopedic entry. Any circle drawn around the Earth divides it into two equal halves called hemispheres. There are generally considered to be four hemispheres: Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western.

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: direction, hemispheres, latitude, longitude, spheres
navigation
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navigation

Navigation is the art and science of determining the position of a ship, plane or other vehicle, and guiding it to a specific destination

  • Best for: Grades 4+ (ages 9+)
  • Concepts: celestial navigation, dead reckoning, destinations, direction, geography, gps, latitude, longitude, meridians, navigation, piloting, radio
tropics
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tropics

The tropics are regions of the Earth that lie roughly in the middle of the globe

  • Best for: Grades 5+ (ages 10+)
  • Concepts: climate, mid-latitudes, temperature, tropic of cancer, tropic of capricorn, tropics
Introduction to Latitude and Longitude
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EDUCATION

Introduction to Latitude and Longitude

Students look at lines of latitude and longitude on United States and world maps, discuss why these lines are helpful, and identify landmarks with similar latitude and longitude.

  • Best for: Grades 3-5 (ages 8-11)
  • Concepts: latitude, location, longitude