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Mr. Strickland and the Gridded Earth

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This podcast is part of the series: Mr. Strickland's Geography Adventures

Creator:

Mr. Strickland


School/Organization:

Wilkerson Middle School; Birmingham City Schools

Overview:

Latitude and longitude are important tools to reading a map.  By allowing us to grid the surface of the Earth, they make locating areas, countries, and regions easier.  They also help to explain the hours of the day, and the climate experienced in different parts of the globe.  This podcast uses humor and easy to understand explanations to describe both latitude and longitude, and their usefulness in mapping the globe.  


Length: 02:54

Content Areas: Science, Social Studies

Alabama Course of Study Alignments and/or Professional Development Standard Alignments:

SC (6)
8. Describe how Earth's rotation, Earth's axial tilt, and distance from the equator cause variations in the heating and cooling of various locations on Earth.
 
SS2010 (7) Geography
1. Describe the world in spatial terms using maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies.
  • Explaining the use of map essentials, including type, projections, scale, legend, distance, direction, grid, and symbols
  • Examples: type—reference, thematic, planimetric, topographic, globe and map projections, aerial photographs, satellite images
    distance—fractional, graphic, and verbal scales
    direction—lines of latitude and longitude, cardinal and intermediate directions
  • Identifying geospatial technologies to acquire, process, and report information from a spatial perspective
  • Examples: Google Earth, Global Positioning System (GPS), geographic information system (GIS), satellite-remote sensing, aerial photography
  • Utilizing maps to explain relationships and environments among people and places, including trade patterns, governmental alliances, and immigration patterns
  • Applying mental maps to answer geographic questions, including how experiences and cultures influence perceptions and decisions
  • Categorizing the geographic organization of people, places, and environments using spatial models
  • Examples: urban land-use patterns, distribution and linkages of cities, migration patterns, population-density patterns, spread of culture traits, spread of contagious diseases through a population
     

    National/Other Standards:

     

    NSS-G.K-12.1 THE WORLD IN SPATIAL TERMS

    As a result of activities in grades K-12, all students should

    Understand how to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information from a spatial perspective.

    Understand how to use mental maps to organize information about people, places, and environments in a spatial context.

    Understand how to analyze the spatial organization of people, places, and environments on Earth's surface.

     

     


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