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How to Teach Lats and Longs

GE showing lats and longs

GE showing lats and longs

Grade Level: 3-5

Background: None. This is an intro to Google Earth

Vocabulary: Google Earth, latitudes, longitudes, Tropic of Capricorn, Tropic of Cancer, equator, Prime Meridian, international date line, Arctic Circle, Antarctic,

Time: About 30 minutes


  • Open Google Earth (click for free download). Do a quick demo if this is their first time–toolbars at the top, guide sections on
  • Turn on grid lines (view-grid). Discuss the major lats and longs (in yellow). Show how they can be traced around the globe.
  • Students practice this skill by filling in all categories on this worksheet
  • latsStudents can work in pairs.

Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-fifth grade and creator of two technology training books for middle school. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman. She is webmaster for five blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, IMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to Write Anything and Technology in Education. Currently, she’s working on a techno-thriller that should be ready this summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

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