Locating Places - Lesson 8 - Grade 4-5

 

Your street name and house number furnish your absolute location.  Latitude and longitude provide absolute location for a place on the globe.  We can locate places on the globe by determining where lines on latitude and longitude cross.

For instance, New Orleans, Louisiana is approximately 30N (latitude) and 90W (longitude).  Mark X on New Orleans on your globe.

Absolute Location

In the following activity, match the cities with the correct latitude and longitude.

1. San Francisco, California ____ 35S, 56W

2. Perth, Australia

____ 7N, 80E

3. Moscow, Russia

____ 56N, 38E

4. Colombo, Sri Lanka

____ 32S, 116E

5. Montevideo, Uruguay

____ 38N, 122W

Find and mark the following locations on your globe.  Write the item number where you find these latitudes and longitudes on the globe.  All These Locations are capitals of nations.
 
Item # Latitude Longitude Location Name
6. 42N 13E _____________________
7. 59N 18E _____________________
8. 16S 48W _____________________
9. 39N 77W _____________________
10. 40N 116E _____________________
11. 34S 18E _____________________
12. 29N 77E _____________________
13. 19N 99W _____________________


Lesson 8 - Locating Places (continued)
 


Have the students write a sentence describing the absolute location of a place.
For example, "Rome, Italy" is located forty-two degrees north of the Equator and thirteen degrees east of the Prime Meridian.  Key descriptive phrases are provided after each question.


14. Stockholm, Sweden - 59N, 18E
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15. Brasilia, Brazil - 16S, 48W
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16. Washington, D.C. - 39N, 77W
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