Where in the World Do I Live

Students begin this lesson by creating a graphic organizer to assess their prior knowledge regarding maps. Through a hands-on activity using an orange or a tennis ball that represents the Earth, students gain an understanding of latitude and longitude. With that knowledge, students locate the Hawaiian Island chain on a map of the world, and are able to describe its location relative to other landmarks. Finally, using a regional map, students locate and identify the eight main Hawaiian Islands and the three types of islands in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI).

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absolute location, archipelago, atoll, graphic organizer, hemisphere, island with fringing reef, lines of latitude, pinnacle, Prime Meridian, prior knowledge, relative location