Finding latitude and longitude coordinates on a world map

This lesson is part of Understanding Latitude and Longitude, a unit designed for students in upper KS2 and KS3. It can also be taught as a stand-alone lesson.

This lesson explains step-by-step how to find the coordinates of a point on a world map using lines of latitude and longitude.

In the activity, students are challenged to find the latitude and longitude of 12 points in all four quadrants of a world map. It is differentiated three ways:

Easier – Students find coordinates of 12 points in the NE, SE, SW and NW quadrants of the world map respectively. The compass directions are already filled in.
Medium – Students find coordinates of 12 points in the NE, SE, SW and NW quadrants of the world map respectively.
Harder – Students find coordinates of 12 points randomly distributed across the four quadrants of the world map.

Extension – Students are challenged to draw and label 4 more points on to their map.


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