" Can you follow directions and plot a storm?"
Oak Park Middle School
"I created this assignment for my
students after seeing them struggle with the idea of EAST/WEST NORTH/SOUTH
when plotting hurricane coordinates.”
you follow directions and plot a storm?
Have students label (in the center dot spaces provided)
N, S, E, W, equator, prime meridian (elongated spaces on bold center
lines). Along the outside edge, have students label 0 degrees - center
lines. Explain longitude, latitude - one runs north and south, one runs
east and west.
Number from the equator, explain degrees and label lines
10 degrees, 20 degrees, 30 degrees - north and south from equator.
Now do the same from the prime meridian - east and west.
Label all sides of the grid.
Explain that Latitude lines run EAST & WEST but
measures distance NORTH & SOUTH from the equator. Do same with
Longitude - runs NORTH SOUTH but measures distance EAST & WEST.
Now that the kids are confused, explain again.
Begin with having the students find where 20 degrees north and 10 degrees west
intersect. Have them put a dot. Then label that dot with the first letter
of their last name.
Check to see if everyone has the dot in the same place.
Now to begin the assignment, we will find a spot on the
graph and put a dot where the following lines intersect.
Call out: 40
degrees west, 60 degrees south. (You might want to write these on the
board as you go along, do not put them all on the board at one time) Check
Give another. 10
degrees west, 20 degrees south, connect the dots
Now write on the board one plot at a time as you give
them. Allow time in between for student work.
- 40W, 10S - connect the dots
- 60W, 20S - connect the dots
- 50W, 10N - connect the dots
- 20W, 20N - connect the dots
- 10W, 30N - connect the dots
- 30E, 30N - connect the dots
- 50E, 10N - connect the dots
- 40E, 10N - connect the dots
- 50E, 10S - connect the dots
- 40E, 10S - connect the dots
- 50E, 60S - connect the dots
Check students work. It will be easy to see who could
follow directions and who can plot coordinates.
Ask students what design do they have? (An eagle's head)
there are storms in the Gulf or Atlantic, have
students watch the weather tonight. Write down the coordinates for one of
the storms along with storm name or number. Then write a couple of
sentences explaining what larger numbers NORTH would mean.
Blank printable grid sheet.doc Answer Sheet.doc