|The paper plate did not want to lay flat.|
Today I am linking up with Stephanie for Show and Tell Tuesday .
Basically, we begin with a very inexpensive paper plate. I use the thinest paper plates I can find because they are the easiest for the kids to fold. The plate is folded in half, opened up, and folded in half again. Then I had the kids draw over the 1st fold with a red marker and the second intersecting fold with a green marker. Using separate colors helps my kids see the difference in the information.
Next, we labeled the ends of each line with zero degrees N, S, E, and W. The line that runs from north to south is labeled Longitude Line and Prime Meridian. The line that runs from west to east is labeled Latitude Line and Equator.
This basic foldable is great for 4th and 5th graders. A more detailed design can be constructed for 5th or 6th graders.
By making a fold from the outer edge of the circle to the Equator or Prime Meridian will result in the 60 degrees line.
I have my students keep this foldable in their Social Studies dou-tang. The plate is attached with glue to a sheet of paper. After the glue is dry, the plate can be folded up for secure storage.
My students really like to use foldables. Foldables make the information easier for the kids to digest, understand, and be able to explain to to their parents and their classmates.
What do you use to explain Longitude and Latitude to your students?
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Have a great school year!