Latitude and Longitude Map Worksheet
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Explore the world's geography through the Latitude and Longitude Map Worksheet!
What are Latitude and Longitude in Map?
As a knowledge where we learn about the planet we live in, it is understandable that geography is one of the most essential studies to be taught at school. A map is something that cannot be separated from geography, since the map is a piece to represent the Earth. To read and understand the map, students need to learn what is latitude and longitude first. How to explain simply the definition of latitude, so the students can understand it easily? Latitude, also known as parallel is an imaginary horizontal line that runs from the north side of the map to the south side and vice versa. In a more simple explanation, latitude is our location on Erath, based on the south or north of the equator.
Like latitude, longitude is also an important element if we want to read and understand a map. What is longitude? Longitude is an imaginary vertical line that runs from the east side of the map to the west side and vice versa. Longitude also has another name for it, meridians. The longitude lines locate locations based on the prime meridian at Greenwich, London City, England. You can download our Latitude and Longitude Map Worksheets to understand more about these topics.
What are the Properties of Latitude and Longitude?
Mulalo Mundalamo in her paper mentioned the properties of latitude and longitude as below:
What are the Functions of Latitude and Longitude?
Even though latitude and longitude lines are imaginary, their function is super real. Our everyday life cannot be separated from the results of its benefits. We curated the explanation from The University of Hawaii about the use of latitude and longitude through their Exploring Our Fluid Earth site. It is stated that by learning about latitude and longitude we can pinpoint an exact location on the Earth map or globe. For example, the spherical coordinates will be really useful for people who do outdoor activities such as diving, hiking, and more. Spherical coordinates are also important for coastal navigation aids like buoys or channel markers, it also helps ships that cannot locate their positions using landmarks. Meanwhile, sophisticated navigational aids, use parallel and meridian lines to give direction while someone driving a car or when a pilot flying a plane.
How to Find the Latitude and Longitude Lines?
Determining an exact location of a place will be exciting, enjoyable, and effective for students to understand the latitude and longitude topic. The students can be asked to pinpoint the exact location of their houses or schools. First, the teacher needs to prepare a map, and make sure the map includes the latitude and longitude lines on it. Second, ask the students to pinpoint the location they want and locate the latitude and longitude markers. The students can use a ruler to mark the latitude and longitude points. Then, estimate the parallel and meridian lines with the help of graticules. Finally put the measurement together, to determine the exact coordinates. It will be better if the teacher gives the example first, so the students can follow them. The teachers can use the Latitude and Longitude Map Worksheet from this page to help their students practice.
How to Write the Latitude and Longitude Lines?
Writing the latitude and longitude lines may sound simple, but it needs a lot of practice. The students can use the Latitude and Longitude Map Worksheet to practice writing. Meanwhile, there are four different styles to write the latitude and longitude lines, first is basic writing. Here is an example of basic writing of latitude and longitude, "15°N, 30°E." The second style is by using degrees, minutes, and second. Here is the example of this style, 15°24'15"N, 30°10'3"E. Third, is writing by using degrees and decimal minutes, the example will look like this "15 10.234, 30 -23.456." The last style is by using decimal degrees only, here is the example "15.23456, -30.67890."
How to Teach Latitude and Longitude Lines?
To make the latitude and longitude learning activity effective, there are some recommended teaching steps by National Geographics.
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