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Extending the Coordinate Plane (MS)

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Grade Level Middle School
Location Africa, Massachusetts, World
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Topic Math and Maps

Overview

Understanding the coordinate plane and how to locate objects on it is essential to higher level mathematics. By connecting this concept to maps, students have a framework through which to grasp the importance of this foundational idea. The coordinate plane used on representations of the world in the form of a globe or a map use a consistent grid system called latitude and longitude. On the coordinate plane, we label the x-axis and the y-axis. With latitude and longitude, the longitude numbers form the x-axis and the latitude lines form y-axis.

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Norman B. Leventhal Map Center (http://maps.bpl.org)