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 Nepali teacher featured in National Geographic Educator of the Week! Congratulations Karuna Skariah
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Karuna Skariah Photo by Shibani Chettri

Karuna Skariah Photo by Shibani Chettri

Karuna Skariah, a National Board Certified Teacher, is an educator at Robert Goddard Montessori School  in Prince George’s County Public Schools, Maryland. She is a mentor for teachers going through National Board Certification and has been in education for 19 years. She currently teaches a mixed group of 2nd-and 3rd-grade talented and gifted students.

Activity: Where on Earth: An Introduction to Latitude and Longitude

Grade Level: 2-3

Activity Length: Three 45-minute lessons

Subjects: physical science, geography, history, culture, reading language arts and mathematics

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Rahsaan Mason and Sara

Students Rahsaan, Mason and Sara explore places on the world map.
Photo by Karuna Skariah

The goal of this activity is to teach students how latitude and longitude can help locate and identify a specific city or landmark on Earth. The acquired knowledge and skills from this unit help young students understand the human desire to explore the world around them.

With inspiration from National Geographic’s “Introduction to Latitude and Longitude” activity, students were first introduced to the concepts of latitude and longitude, and how intersecting lines (parallels and meridians) are expressed on maps. They learned that the intersection points of these lines are called coordinates.

I gave each student a world-map, printed from Nat Geo Ed’s 1-Page Map collection, to work out the coordinates of the White House. They had the opportunity to locate a favorite landmark (starting with the Taj Mahal), zoom in, and observe the structure of the landmark. The ultimate takeaway for my students was that lines of latitude and longitude connect us to places, cultures, climates, flora, and fauna.

While tracing the lines of latitude and longitude, some children had an A-HA! moment about climate along the same latitude lines.”

Nat Geo Coordinated Jump

Students Mason, Braedon, Chayse, Sara and Rahsaan stand with the maps they used for their lesson. 
Photo by Karuna Skariah

Following the Equator and other tropical lines of latitude gave them insight into rain forests, while the polar regions helped them understand the ice caps. Students were also fascinated by locating landmarks (natural and man-made) using coordinates. They were able to make concrete connections between the coordinates and how geotechnologies like GPS, satellites, Google Maps, and compasses communicate geospatial location.

How did this activity help students learn about the world?

In this lesson, my students became geologists, cartographers, explorers, scientists, and mathematicians. They used their critical-thinking skills to solve a particular problem related to geographic location; identify coordinates; and narrate a brief history of a landmark of their choice. This activity engaged their literacy and numeracy skills through map-reading.

During the initial introduction to coordinates, some of the younger 2nd-graders were having difficulty tracing the lines of latitude between the Equator and Tropic of Cancer. The 3rd-graders helped the 2nd-graders trace the parallels so the younger students were able to come up with the correct coordinates for the landmarks. The 3rd-graders were empowered to impart their knowledge and collaborate with their peers. Students took responsibility for their own learning by comparing places sharing the same lines of latitude. They also challenged each other to find the coordinates of capital cities and famous monuments in Europe and United States.


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Sitara had been an educator in sajha back in the days - and now she has moved on to making difference in the real world. Sajha has been fortunate to have many more users who have moved on into the real world making huge differences in their communities. Kudos to you!
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Lol, San! Thank you for bringing the rapidly sinking thread to public eye again. I guess, I am doing the same (a bit of self promotion--so what else is new? :)). I entered this thread, yesterday, with the intention of thanking you but left with a smiley. Now, I would truly like to express my gratitude to you for so many reasons--namely, you watch out for the Nepalese diaspora, you advocate for Nepal and Nepalese, and you shine a light on those who aspire to reach the next milestone--you are compassionate and unprejudiced. You know, I went back and read so many of the posts of Paschim, Ashu, NK, Dilasha, Jira, Deep, Oys, Marich, HH guru, Sandhurst Lahure, Zalim Singh, Nepe, VV, Najar, Suna, Czar, Poonte, Rusty, Confused, Robert Frost, Dhumbasse, John Galt, Loote Kukur, Captain Haddock,Isolated Freak, Flip Flop, Lady Croft, Sunny Dev,Chiple Dhunga...oh the list is long--many of whom I am friends with on FB. We played on these threads, created an alter ego,macho men, heros and heronis, became devil's advocates and pity whores. We were seemingly erudite on every subject from religion to porn. We worked hard, studied hard and played even harder--that was our life back then. Always so grateful to have a platform to interact with people from around the globe, a place for intellectual exchange, stories, Deusoore, anthakshari, and comic relief. Now, we have moved on to life, living and the mundane domesticities of everyday chores. We leave this forum for a young and vibrant brand of Nepalese youth, forever wishing them well. And San, I hope to meet with you some day. :)
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As soon as I saw the title, I thought it must be you.
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