University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Plotting the Earth

Recommended Grade Level(s)

  • 3-5
  • 6-8
  • 9-12

Primary Subject Area(s)

  • Geography
  • Science

Related Artifacts

Activity Description

Use Google Earth to determine the actual latitude and longitude of these plots today.

  1. How would you describe this land area using only the data in Google Earth?
  2. Would your description be similar to or different from your description when just considering the map?

Standards Addressed

  1. Geography
    1. Grade 4 Standards
      1. G5.4.2: Identify spatial patterns on a map of Nevada, i.e., deserts, mountains, population.
      2. G6.4.1: Describe the distinguishing features of historical regions in Nevada, i.e., Native American tribal territories, pioneer trails, and settlement areas.
      3. G8.4.5: Describe the distribution patterns of natural resources in Nevada.
    2. Grades 6-8 Standards
      1. G5.6-8.2: Compare characteristics and purposes of several types of maps, map projections, and other geographic representations.
      2. G5.6-8.3: Make and defend a spatial decision using basic geographic vocabulary, tools, and concepts.
      3. G6.[6-8].1: Describe physical and human features, i.e., cultural characteristics, of places and regions in Nevada, the United States, and the world.
      4. G6.[6-8].5: Define physical geographic terms, i.e., archipelago, gulf, basin, tundra.
      5. G6.[6-8].9: Use absolute and relative location (including latitude and longitude) to locate prominent countries, cities, and physical features in different regions of the world.
    3. Grades 9-12 Standards
      1. G5.9-12.2: Analyze and interpret geographic information by selecting appropriate maps, map projections, and other representations, i.e., urban planning, national parks.
      2. G5.9-12.4: Analyze a variety of complex maps, i.e., topographic, demographic, and land use, to acquire geographic information.
      3. G5.9-12.7: Analyze and interpret Earth's physical and human features using appropriate geographic tools and technologies.
      4. G6.[9-12].8: Use absolute and relative location (including latitude and longitude) to locate prominent countries, cities, and physical features in different regions of the world.
  2. Science
    1. Grades 3-5 Standards
      1. N.5.A.3: Students know how to draw conclusions from scientific evidence.
      2. N.5.A.7: Students know observable patterns can be used to organize items and ideas.
    2. Grades 6-8 Standards
      1. N.8.A.3: Students know different explanations can be given for the same evidence.
      2. N.8.A.5: Students know how to use appropriate technology and laboratory procedures safely for observing, measuring, recording, and analyzing data.
 

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