Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Describing your city

This year we are working with students of a city in Portugal: Castelo Branco. Today we start to describe how is your city. Using the map: where are the most important places?   Explain how you can go.
There are any special places to show a student in the same ages that you?
Explain to Ros, how is our city?
Send me your descriptions.
After  some weeks,  we think  that you could   explain directly these matters to Portuguese students

Monday, 17 October 2016

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Different ways of representing the Earth

Look at this aerial photograph of the United States. Answer these questions in your notebook or e-mail.

  • What features can you see in this photograph?
  •  Can you see the area clearly? Can you see details or just a general view?
  •  What is the purpose of aerial photographs? Where are they taken from?
 This map shows the same part of the Earth as the photograph. Answer these questions.

  • Is the map identical to the photo?
  • Which countries are on the map?
  • Are aerial photographs useful in making maps? Why?

Friday, 7 October 2016

Vocabulary Unit 1

  • Cardinal Points: we use it to establish direction. The principal cardinal points are north, south, east and west.
  • Graphic scale: It is the way to relate the reality with the map. It is a bar divided into equal segments (1 cm).
  • Longitude: It is measured by using the meridians which start at the prime meridian.
  • Meridian: is a semicircle which go from one pole to the other.
  • Prime meridian: It is the point of reference for other meridians. It divides the Earth into two hemispheres.
  • Compass: It is an instrument with a magnetic needle which always points north.
  • Hemisphere: It is each part of Earth dividing for prime meridian (the western hemisphere and the eastern hemisphere) or for the equator (the northern hemisphere and the southern hemisphere).
  • Numeric scale: It is expressed as a fraction. The numerator represents a unit on the map. The denominator represents its size in the real world.
  • Political map: It gives information on political organisation, such as international or regional frontiers.
  • Thematic map: It gives information on particular subjects, such us climate or vegetation.
  • Geographical coordinate: They are latitude and longitude. It´s indicate the exact location of a place on the Earth.
  • Latitude: It is measured by using the parallels which start at the equator.
  • Parallel: It is a circle which is perpendicular to the meridian.
  • Physical map: It gives information on relief, and show features such as rivers.