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Equator Lesson Plan

Instructor: John Hamilton

John has tutored algebra and SAT Prep and has a B.A. degree with a major in psychology and a minor in mathematics from Christopher Newport University.

Educate your students about the equator with this helpful lesson plan. Students will read and discuss a text lesson and then participate in three fun activities that allow them to apply the learned concepts.

Learning Objectives

After studying this lesson, your students will be able to:

  • Explain what the equator is and where it is located
  • Describe the climate at and near the equator
  • Identify some locations in relation to the equator

Length

1 - 1.5 Hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.2

Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.

Materials

  • Colored markers and colored pencils
  • Copies of a labeled world map, one per pair of students
  • Copies of the text lesson Equator: Definition & Overview along with the related lesson quiz, one for each student
  • Globe
  • Internet access
  • Poster board

Key Vocabulary

  • Astronomical objects
  • Axis of rotation
  • Equatorial climate
  • Equinoxes
  • Hemispheres
  • Zero degrees latitude

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