Longitude – The Short Story, Grade 6-8


Longitude, The Short Story is a 4-page account of the system of longitude. It begins with the creation of the tilted axis and then the invention of the equator and the tropics. This leads to discussion of navigational problems with latitude to guide sailors making this a readable, interesting account that is suitable for Grades 6, 7 or 8.

It includes diagrams and a maps. The language level is suitable for these grades. It is followed by a set of questions with marks allocated. Questions call for short paragraph answers. Challenging words are in italics and require writing to learn them. This should take 2-3 sittings with student/s.

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Longitude – The Short Story

Longitude – The Short Story is an combined literacy package for Grade 6, 7 and 8 with geography, history and maths in four pages. Diagrams and map in black and white are included.

It includes discussion of

  • the earth’s tilt,
  • the history of the equator and tropics as lines drawn on maps for ships,
  • latitude
  • the work done by John Harrison on a clock for navigation, and
  • longitude and how the navigation clock calculates it.
  • Text questions to answer in short paragraphs, and
  • Writing out and learning about 20 words relevant to the subject.

Who  Uses “Longitude…”

Parents, tutors, teachers and anyone engaged on a one to one basis or small groups. This material is challenging, interesting and educational for Grade 6, Year 7 or 8.


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