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    4th Grade and Lat/Long Problem

    Elizabeth Donnelly (edonnelly@jriver.jriver.com)
    Thu, 3 Apr 1997 09:00:48 -0500

    >Date: Mon, 31 Mar 1997 16:11:18 -0600
    >To: jn-talk@learner.org
    >From: Sue Haines <sehaines@gwi.net> (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

    Elizabeth Donnelly
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