Understanding By Design Curriculum Unit What enduring understandings are desired? It is easier to find a specific place in a large area if there is a grid with numbers covering the area. Coordinates match up with a location on a grid. What are the overarching "essential" questions? How can you find a specific place inside a large area? How can you use coordinates to find a place on a grid? What will students understand as a result of this unit? Students will be able to locate a specific place using latitude and longitude. What "essential" and "unit" questions will focus this unit? How can I find specific places within a large area like Earth? Students will understand that coordinates match to a location on a grid. How can I find a location on a grid using coordinates? What evidence will show that students understand...? Performance Tasks, Projects Labeling the globe and longitude lines project (balloon & marker); Latitude Ladder project; Plot your position Quizzes, Tests, Academic Prompts Latitude and Longitude pretest and posttest Other Evidence Student Self-Assessment Performance on practicing locating places on maps (class work) Exit questions Summary: Students are going to locate places on the globe using latitude and longitude. They will be learning key vocabulary by engaging in handson projects. They will be practicing this skill by using maps & questions and by creating & explaining maps. Grade/Level: 6th Grade Time Frame: 3 weeks Subject(s): Social Studies Topic(s): Latitude and Longitude Notes: Created by Amy York, Sabrina Berentsen, Amy Majek, and Gabriela Paardenkooper. Standards: 1.4-9: Locate and describe a specific place on a map using latitude and longitude. Enduring Understandings: It is easier to find a specific place in a large area if there is a grid with numbers covering the area. Coordinates match up with a location on a grid. Essential Questions: How can you find a specific place inside a large area? How can you use coordinates to find a place on a grid? Knowledge and Skills: Students will be able to locate a specific place using latitude and longitude. Students will understand that coordinates match to a location on a grid. Performance Task: Reading maps (practice). Creating maps (Culminating activity – Plot Your Position). Performance Prompt: Design a travel brochure using maps from “Plot Your Position” activity. Assessment/Rubrics: Latitude and longitude pre- and post- tests Sequence of Activities: 1. View video describing the purpose of latitude and longitude. Explain why map readers use latitude and longitude. 2. Draw and label key globe points on a globe [balloon] (north pole, south pole, equator, Prime Meridian). Read a map to find the location of the north pole, south pole, equator, and Prime Meridian. 3. Draw lines of longitude on a globe [balloon]. Read a description of longitude lines and how they appear on a globe. 4. Locate places on maps using longitude lines. Read maps to find specific locations. 5. Create a 2-level store by placing items for sale on the walls. Use a latitude ladder to show where items are located in the store. Write (and answer) a series of questions that require the reader to find the latitude of an object in the store. (Extension: Design an ad for your store with directions to different locations within the store.) 6. Locate places on maps using longitude lines. Read maps to find specific locations. 7. Locate places on maps using latitude and longitude lines. Read maps to find specific locations. 8. Create maps by reading directions that include latitude and longitude. [Plot Your Position]. Design a travel brochure for the place you created. 9. Play “Message in a Bottle” to practice finding latitude and longitude (game). Play latitude and longitude games (computer). Differentiated Instruction: When practicing locating places on maps, provide students with maps that have varying levels of complexity and detail. When creating maps through culminating activity “Plot Your Position”, differentiate required tasks. Resources: Various latitude and longitude (geography) workbooks.