Latitude Longitude Scavenger Hunt for Kids: Books for Kids GIVEAWAY

April 8, 2014

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Week at a Glance:

  • Books for Kids GIVEAWAY: Maps, Charts and Graphs by Modern Curriculum Press
  • Teaching Latitude & Longitude
  • Teaching Hemispheres of the World
  • Books and Resource Recommendations
  • Latitude Longitude FREE printable
  • Latitude Longitude Globe Scavenger Hunt

Maps Charts Graphs

Books for Kids GIVEAWAY: Maps, Charts, and Graphs by Modern Curriculum Press

Why we love this curriculum series:

Maps, Charts, and Graphs is a highly reviewed series. I’m not a workbook type of teacher; however, this simple series engages students in beginning map reading activities and teaches them how to communicate graphically. It’s almost like each page is a scavenger hunt using symbols and maps. This week we are beginning the mapping skills lessons and activities in our Geography for Kids series. Maps, Charts, and Graphs is an easy and consistent way to incorporate mapping skills into weekly lessons.

MacGyver has been working his way through this series for several years. He completes one section each week. He began with neighborhoods and is now learning about states and regions including longitude and latitude. He reads and finishes each assignment totally independent. Miss Enigma began with neighborhoods this year.

You can read the description of skills taught in each book to determine a starting point for your child. *If you are the winner of this Books for Kids GIVEAWAY you can pick the level that is appropriate for you child.

Geography for Kids Lesson 4

Teaching Kids Latitude and Longitude 

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Supplies:

  • A Child’s Introduction to the World by Heather Alexander
  • FREE printable: World Map from WorksheetWorks.com
  • colored pencils, highlighter
  • FREE printable: Latitude Longitude Chart from waddleeahchaa.com
  • Globe with Latitude Longitude
    • We have several globe balls. One thing I have found out by researching globes extensively is that NONE are perfect. I’ve read complaints about ALL of them. Consequently, we simply use our beach ball style globes. They are easy to store and work just fine for every day learning.

Day 1: Introduction to Latitude & Longitude from A Child’s Introduction to the World

Concepts

  • Cardinal Directions
  • Meridians, Prime Meridian
  • North Pole and South Pole
  • Equator
  • Northern, Southern, Eastern, Western Hemisphere
  • Latitude
  • Longitude

*I copy the pages for MacGyver and he highlights the important facts and vocabulary.

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Day 2: Introduce Equator, Prime Meridian, Hemispheres of the World

  • FREE printable: World Map from WorksheetWorks.com
  • Following Directions Mapping Activity
  • I gave simple verbal directions and also drew on a whiteboard as the kids colored their maps accordingly:
    • Find and highlight the Equator.
    • Find and highlight the Prime Meridian.
    • Everything above the Equator is located in the Northern Hemisphere. Label the top of your world “Northern Hemisphere.”
    • Everything below the Equator is located in the Southern Hemisphere. Label the bottom of your world “Southern Hemisphere.”
    • Everything to the left of the Prime Meridian is located in the Western Hemisphere. Label the left of your world “Western Hemisphere.”
    • Everything to the right of the Prime Meridian is located in the Eastern Hemisphere. Label the left of your world “Western Hemisphere.”
    • Find the United States. In which Hemisphere is The United States located? Color The United States.
    • On what continent is The United States Located? Color North America. Color each country (or area) a different color: Canada, The United States, Mexico and Central America.
    • What other continents are located in The Northern Hemisphere?
    • Color the continents and oceans located in the Norther Hemisphere.
  • You get the picture. We continued the same basic directions for the Southern Hemisphere.
  • We also discussed how the Equator runs through South America and Africa.
  • Throughout the activity natural discussions popped up about seasons and time zones.

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Day 3 & 4: Latitude Longitude Scavenger Hunt

  • FREE printable: Latitude Longitude Chart from waddleeahchaa.com
  • MacGyver went on a little Latitude Longitude Scavenger Hunt, recording the coordinates of cities around the world.
  • We began with the largest city located close to our small town.
  • Next, MacGyver selected places he would like to visit.
  • He also picked cities in other countries in which we have friends.
  • MacGyver thought these Latitude Longitude Scavenger Hunts were a blast.

Toot & Puddle another great Books for Kids GIVEAWAY from waddleeahchaa.com

Latitude Longitude Scavenger Hunt Adaptation

Toot & Puddle by Holly Hobbie

Toot & Puddles are best friends. Toot decides to travel the world for one year. He invites his friend Puddle to go on the adventure with him, but Puddle is more comfortable staying at home. Toot travels the world, experiencing many adventures. Each month Toot sends a postcard from his travels to his friend Puddle. The end of the book includes three perforated Toot & Puddle postcards so you can send your own special messages.

This sweet story about friendship works fits in perfectly with a geography study. We used the globe to locate Toot’s year long adventures such as scaling cliffs in the Alps, visiting an Italian pastry shop and taking a camel ride through Egypt. This adaption worked well for Miss Enigma. MacGyver helped her locate these places on the globe and he acted as scribe recording the places and the coordinates.

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FREE printable: Latitude Longitude Chart from waddleeahchaa.com

Maps Charts Graphs

We’re GIVING AWAY one copy of
Maps, Charts and Graphs by Modern Curriculum Press

To enter this contest, use the Rafflecopter to answer the following question. After you leave a comment, you can move ahead with more entries.

Answer the following question in the comments section of this post.

Latitude Longitude Scavenger Hunt: What city would you like to visit? What are the coordinates?  (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)

The Rules:

No entries after 11:59 pm Central Time, Sunday, April 20, 2014

(Happy Easter!)

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Monday, April 21, 2014. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!

 

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Julie April 9, 2014 at 6:31 am

Would love to visit Tokyo again. Or closer to home: Washington D.C. or NYC.

Jeannine April 9, 2014 at 7:46 am

Awesome that you’ve visited Tokyo. That is one of my biggest travel dilemmas . . . visit some place that I love or visit some place new. As if I get to travel the world every day. I guess it’s more like a pretend dilemma.

tammy cordery April 9, 2014 at 9:49 pm

I would like to visit England. Try to see the royal baby or Abby Roads.

Chris April 10, 2014 at 8:29 am

Love Geography my favorite subject. They hardly teach it at all in school anymore. At least we can at home. :) Thanks for so many great ideas.

Stasia April 10, 2014 at 9:45 am

I would love to go to Ireland or Scotland.

Jeannine April 11, 2014 at 7:20 am

You know Chris, Geography wasn’t even really taught when I was school. Such a shame because I love traveling and learning about other cultures. We live on a big wonderful world full of amazing people. Why not learn about it?!

Jill B. April 11, 2014 at 7:48 pm

Malta is my next dream port-of-call!!!

Tara H April 11, 2014 at 9:16 pm

I’d rather drive somewhere than fly. I’d really love to go to the Grand Canyon.

maryanne @ mama smiles April 12, 2014 at 12:32 am

I would love to visit my sister in Guangdong, China!

Jeannine April 14, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Tara, The Grand Canyon is definitely on my list for the kiddos!

Shannon Alexander April 15, 2014 at 6:38 pm

I want to go to Alaska

Jeannine April 16, 2014 at 5:53 pm

I’ve been as far as the Canadian Rockies. Breath taking! (Gosh that was 25 years ago!)

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