Classroom sessions/estimated time: two 55-minute class sessions (1 lecture/worksheets, 1 GPS activity)
Grade level(s): 9th Grade
Purpose/rationale: Students need to be aware of the grid system and GPS technology to function successfully in today’s information-based economy.
Indiana Social Studies Academic Standard
WG 1.1: Explain the Earth’s grid system, and be able to locate places using degrees of latitude and longitude.
WG 1.3: Use locational technology in order to establish spatial relationships.
Objectives: Students should be able to:
Teacher will lecture with the aid of a PowerPoint presentation.
Teacher will use a page in the book explaining how the global grid system works. Students will answer the questions that appear at the end of the section.
Geography skilld activity worksheets
Day 2: GPS field
Students will be introduced a standard, inexpensive GPS unit.
Students will be split into pairs, given one GPS unit, and a set of coordinates.
The teacher demonstrates how data is entered into the GPS unit.
Each pair of students follows the directions of the GPS unit to find the prize.
Assessment: verbal feedback, participation, worksheets, GPS activity
Adaptations/Extensions: UTM system
Interested students will be introduced to the Universal Transverse Mercator grid system.
Hall, Bob E. and Robert C. Barr
“GPS and GIS” PowerPoint presentation, June 2002
Center for Earth and Environmental Services, IUPUI
“GPS/GPS” National Park Service, Chihuahuan Desert Lab http://www.nps.gov/cave/desertlb/gis.htm
N.G. Terry, Jr. “How to Read the Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) Grid” From GPS World, April 1996, pp. 32, Advanstar Communications, Eugene, OR. http://www.nps.gov/prwi/readutm.htm