Kinesthetic activity to teach the significant lines of latitude:
1. Learn the significant lines of latitude (north and south poles, Arctic and Antarctic Circles, equator, and Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn) on the planet.
2. Draw a diagram of the planet including major lines of latitude.
3. Have the students "be the earth." The students identify each significant line of latitude with a body area:
  • North Pole = top of head
  • Arctic Circle = ears
  • Tropic of Cancer = shoulders
  • Equator = waist
  • Tropic of Capricorn = knees
  • Antarctic Circle = shins
  • South Pole = toes
After students have these locations established, the class begins "globe aerobics;" in other words, Simon Says!


Practice 4 map skills
make sure you go to Compass Skills, Grid References, Symbols and Keys, and Scale
Use a roadmap and a mileage table

QUIA game: geography and map skills

QUIA game: Equator, Prime Meridian, and Hemispheres

Identify the 7 continents game

latitude and longitude game

Read about "Using Maps" then play some "Map Games"