Lesson Plan

Zombies and Maps

Surviving a Zombie Outbreak Utilizing Latitude and Longitude Skills
Lisa B.
Classroom teacher
Hershey Middle School
Hershey, PA
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Subjects Social Studies
Objectives

Students will be able to... 

  • locate places based on latitude and longitude coordinates.
  • explain the rationale, supplies, and steps for having an emergency plan. 
Subjects
Social Studies
Grades 5 - 8
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1 Hook

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As an introduction and hook to latitude and longitude, show videos that explain the topic. 

Have the students think about the questions listed below: 

When would you use latitude and longitude? What is latitude? What are major lines of latitude? What is longitude? What are the major lines of longitude? What is another term to describe a pair of coordinates on the Earth's surface?

Student Instructions

After watching the videos, think about the questions below:

When would you use latitude and longitude? What is latitude? What are major lines of latitude? What is longitude? What are the major lines of longitude? What is another term to describe a pair of coordinates on the Earth's surface?

2 Direct Instruction

Explain latitude and longitude and absolute location. 

Use Google Earth to show the parallel lines of latitude.

Point out the naming of the lines north and south of the Equator. 

Demonstrate where lines of longitude intersect at the poles. 

Point out the naming of the lines east and west of the Prime Meridian.  

Explain what makes 180 special (International Date Line) 

Student Instructions

Take Cornell Notes while listening and watching the teacher demonstrations about latitude and longitude. 

3 Guided Practice

Demonstrate the different websites/apps that the students will use to practice latitude and longitude: 

  • Latlong.net
  • ABCya!
  • Quizlet
  • Quia
Student Instructions

Work in a small group and use LatLong.net to discover the latitude and longitude coordinates of some famous places. 

Compare the results to Google Earth. Does it look accurate? 

Complete the Treasure Hunt on ABCya! 

Work with a partner and use an a map with major cities listed to complete activities on Quizlet and Quia. They will prompt with the coordinates and you type in the city. 

If you get any cities wrong, why was it wrong? 

4 ZOMBIE OUTBREAK (Independent Challenge)

Monitor the students as they work independently to try to survive the Zombie Outbreak. This activity is in the style of a Choose Your Own Adventure.

They need a device to fill in the Google Form as they work. They will also need a paper copy of the County Census Map, digital access to Google Maps, and the CDC Zombie Graphic Novel. 

Student Instructions

There has been a Zombie Outbreak in North Carolina! You will use Google Forms to Choose Your Own Adventure and try to survive using Google Maps, the Zombie Graphic Novel from the CDC, and County Census Map

Good luck! 

5 Wrap Up Writing

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Either on paper or on a Google Doc, have students reflect on the Zombie Outbreak Choose Your Own Adventure activity and how it connects to Social Studies.

Student Instructions

If there was a zombie outbreak or any other natural disaster, like another Superstorm Sandy (http://youtu.be/KeaG1jRLIBw), are you prepared to survive? Often a natural disaster will take down power lines, so you cannot just rely on your smart phone for information.

With yesterday's zombie activity, what did you learn? What social studies skills that you practice? What natural disaster preparation tips did you learn? In your response, include specific details from the map, the Center for Disease Control zombie novella, and your geography vocabulary.