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At the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, England, a brass strip marks zero degrees longitude. The Western Hemisphere is on one side, the Eastern Hemisphere is on the other.

Photograph by Bruce Dale

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A Latitude/Longitude Puzzle
Activity
EDUCATION

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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EDUCATION

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
North American Time Zones Created
Historic Article
EDUCATION

North American Time Zones Created

At noon on November 18, 1883, American and Canadian railroads instituted a system of "standard time," creating the North American time zones.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: longitude, measurement, railroads, time zones, transportation, united states
Geography-Rich Classroom
Idea
EDUCATION

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
Article
EDUCATION

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
great circle
Article
EDUCATION

great circle

Encyclopedic entry. A great circle is the largest possible circle that can be drawn around a sphere. All spheres have great circles.

  • Best for: Grades 3+ (ages 8+)
  • Concepts: equator, geometry, great circles, longitude, math, prime meridian, spheres
longitude
Article
EDUCATION

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
Mapping World Heritage
Activity
EDUCATION

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
Understanding Time Zones
Article
EDUCATION

Understanding Time Zones

Activity. Students construct a time zone model and use it to determine the time in locations around the world.

  • Best for: Grades 4-8 (ages 9-14)
  • Concepts: longitude, national geographic bee, time zones
hemisphere
Article
EDUCATION

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
prime meridian
Article
EDUCATION

prime meridian

Encyclopedic entry. The prime meridian is the line of 0° longitude, the starting point for measuring distance both east and west around the Earth. The prime meridian is arbitrary, meaning it could be chosen to be anywhere.

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: coordinates, direction, geography, greenwich, location, longitude, prime meridian
navigation
Article
EDUCATION

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
Introduction to Latitude and Longitude
Activity
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