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# Reading Maps Aim: How does latitude and longitude help us read maps?

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Reading Maps Aim: How does latitude and longitude help us read maps?
Do Now: Write down anything you know about latitude and longitude. Take out homework.

Do Now- open Finding Latitude and Longitude worksheet. Answer:
Reading Maps Do Now- open Finding Latitude and Longitude worksheet. Answer: What is the equator? What is the prime meridian? Why is latitude and longitude important?

Longitude and Latitude
Latitude – lines on a map that run east and west. These lines are called parallels. Like a ladder Equator – the midpoint for latitude Longitude – lines on a map that run north and south. These lines are called meridians. Prime Meridian – the midpoint for longitude

Using Degrees Degrees – unit of measurement that describes the distance between lines of latitude and longitude Example 60⁰N Global grid – makes it possible to pinpoint exact locations on a map. 38⁰ N, 77⁰ W Latitude, Longitude

Directions Cardinal directions – north, south, east, and west
Intermediate directions – northwest, northeast, southwest, and southeast

Steps to finding locations using latitude and longitude: Example 45⁰ N, 120⁰ W
Start at the equator to find latitude. Go North 45⁰. Put a dot on that line. Start at the Prime Meridian to find longitude. Go West 120⁰. Put a dot on that line. Find where those two lines meet. *Latitude is always North or South and is always the first number Longitude is always West or East and is always the second number.

Do Now- open Latitude-Longitude A-J
Reading Maps Do Now- open Latitude-Longitude A-J FIND THE LATITUDE AND LONGITUDE OF: SPAIN BOLIVIA FLORIDA

Main Ideas Latitude and longitude are used to organize maps
They are also used so we have a universal way to read maps.

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