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4th Grade and Lat/Long ProblemElizabeth Donnelly (email@example.com)
Thu, 3 Apr 1997 09:00:48 -0500
>From: Sue Haines <firstname.lastname@example.org> (by way of Elizabeth Donnelly
>Subject: 4th Grade and Lat/Long Problem
>I, too, was frustrated by having my kids try to locate cities and towns. I
>compromised by just having the kids puts dots in the states indicated
>(obviously, not too specific for the big states), but it has served us
>pretty well. We have maps showing definite patterns of migration and
>emergence (tulips). This has the advantage that kids can do it quite
>quickly, so we can spend more time discussing the data and not plotting it.
>For 4th graders just learning the states may be an accomplishment.
>Longitude and Latitude would be great, but this method seems to work for me.
>And I confess, though I have wished for long and lat when we sent in our
>observation of robin siting on Fri we were in the computer lab and off hand
>didn't know long and lat. (I realize that you have a resource right there to
>find out, but I had 23 kids on computers and couldn't devote that much
>individual attention to those 2 girls; Internet access is new to us and I
>am scared to death that unwatched kids will start surfing sites they
>shouldn't be in!).
>Sue Haines, Vassalboro, ME