Before the Movie:

How might you figure out your exact location on earth? (Tap prior knowledge; Predict)

What do you know about latitude and longitude? (Tap prior knowledge)


During the Movie (Pause Points):

Stop at the following times in the movie and ask questions or prompt a discussion to keep students focused and to assess their understanding before moving on:

Timecode 1:04: What problem do lines of longitude and latitude solve? (Identify problem/solution)

Timecode 2:15: What’s the difference between longitude and latitude? (Compare/contrast)

Timecode 3:51: What is a GPS tracking device and how can it help you figure out your coordinates? (Recall; Make inferences)


After the Movie:

Look at the four related movies at the bottom of the page. Explain how each is connected to the Latitude and Longitude topic. (Make connections)

How can understanding lines of longitude and latitude help you pinpoint your location on earth?   (Reflect)

BrainPOP recommends reading the movie description that appears on the Latitude and Longitude Topic Page to your class or have students read independently. Then show the movie once through without pausing. Watch it again, this time using the discussion prompts.


*BrainPOP’s Discussion Questions and Prompts align to CCSS Speaking and Listening Standards.