Study a series of landscape photos from Oregon. Students label each location by county and latitude and longitude. Students plan a trip to one of the locations using either Google Earth or Google Maps.
This lesson is part of "Great States: Oregon | Unit 2: Map Skills and Oregon’s Geography". This unit includes both an overview of basic map skills and an exploration of some of Oregon’s unique physical features.
4.8: Use geographical tools (e.g., maps, GIS, Google Earth) to identify absolute and relative locations and physical characteristics of places in Oregon.
- Image Series: Oregon’s outdoor places (see direction 3)
- An interactive whiteboard, projector, or another type of screen to show images to the class
- Class set of Oregon’s Great Outdoors handout
- Computer(s) with Internet access to Google Earth (or Google Maps)
Ask students to describe what they like about living in Oregon. Are there any outdoor or nature areas they like to visit and why? Explain that beautiful outdoor places are part of Oregon’s landscape.
Distribute the Oregon’s Great Outdoors handout to students.
Project the following images that each correlate to a location on the map handout.
On the handout, have students note in which county each location is found.
Using Google Earth or Google Maps, have students find the approximate latitude and longitude measurements of each location. If computer stations are not available, this step can be done together as a class with the teacher navigating the maps.
Have the class pick one of the locations to where they’d like to plan a class trip. Project Google Earth (or Google Maps) on the whiteboard, and explore the location together as a class.
Mount Bachelor Douglas
Three Arch Rocks Clatsop
Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Harney
Dillon Falls Klamath
Willamette National Forest Lane
Christmas Valley Dunes Lake
Latitude and Longitude locations*
*these are rounded to the nearest ½ degree
Mount Bachelor 44 N and 121.5 W
Three Arch Rocks 45.5 N and 124 W
Malheur National Wildlife Refuge 43 N and 119 W
Dillon Falls 44 N and 121.5 W
Willamette National Forest 44 N and 122 W
Christmas Valley Dunes 43 N and 120.5 W