Latitude and Longitude Activity - Middle-High School
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Latitude and Longitude
Teaching State Standards While Exploring Central Asia
A Geography Lesson for Middle & High School Classes
Latitude and Longitude Activity
Objective: Students will be able to use their knowledge of latitude and longitude to answer real-world questions using these concepts.
- WG.1.1Explain Earth’s grid system and locate places using degrees of latitude and longitude.
- WG.2.1Name and locate the world’s continents, major bodies of water, major mountain ranges, major river systems, all countries and major cities.
Approximate Length: 20 minutes
Materials Needed: Copies of worksheets
About the Lesson:
This lesson is designed to help students learn longitude and latitude. This activity assumes that the teacher has already discussed longitude and latitude with her/his class and that students have a basic knowledge of the concepts. The lesson is designed to allow students to apply their knowledge and solidify the concepts.
1. Print off a copy of the worksheet and the map for each student.
2. Briefly review concepts of latitude and longitude.
3. Have students complete the worksheet and go over the answers
Note: Some questions, particularly the time zone one, may be removed for younger grades if the teacher feels these questions are too difficult for their class.
*The map for the worksheet was created in February 2012 by the IAUNRC.
[ Student worksheet starts here ]
Latitude and Longitude of Central Asia
Using the attached map of Central Asia, answer the following questions about latitude and longitude.
1. What country is located at 45°N, 100°E? _______________________________________
2. What country is located at 30°N, 55°E? ________________________________________
3. If you are at 50°N, 125°E, where are you? ______________________________________
4. Pretend you are traveling through Central Asia. You start at 30°N, 65°E. What country
are you in? ______________________________________________________________
5. Now move 10° to the north. What is your latitude reading? What country are you in now?
6. From your location in problem #4, move 5° westward. What is your longitude reading? Which country are you in?
7. Now move 20° to the north and 25° to the east. What is your latitude and longitude reading? What country are you in?
8. Which countries does the latitude line 40°N run through?
9. Which countries does the longitude line 70°E run through?
10. If each time zone is 15° longitude wide, starting at 45°E, how many time zones are on
this map? _____________________________________________________________
Teacher Answers to the Worksheet
5. 40°N, Uzbekistan
6. 60°E, Turkmenistan
7. 60°N, 85°E, Russian Federation (Russia)
8. Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, China
9. Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Russian Federation
10. 6 (Not all of the time zone past 120°E is shown on the map, but part of it is there.)
Map for Worksheet