Latitude and Longitude Game (Ontario – Grade 6)
Ontario Curriculum Expectations:
Social Studies: 6z46
Students are given latitude and longitude of a major city and are asked to find it using Google Earth, in order to gain a better perspective of latitude and longitude.
1. Teacher pre-selects a diverse range of cities from across the globe and collects latitude and longitude information through placemarks. (You might try this set of network links to get you started)
2. Students are grouped in teams and asked to go into full screen mode in Google Earth by selecting F11 and turn on the Lat/Lon grid by selecting Ctrl+L.
3. Teacher displays the placemark of a major city at approximately 60 mi eye altitude in full screen mode, without giving away the city name.
4. The groups always start in the default view of Google Earth and race to find the location of the city by using the latitude and longitude measurements, and then zoom out to try and identify the name of the city.
Reflective discussion should occur around what directions they moved the globe in Google Earth in order to find a particular latitude and longitude. Through discussions and synthesis you should be able to come up with a few rules with your students regarding the hemispheres relationship to latitude and longitude.
This game could be used as an introductory activity.