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How You Slice It
Teaching Concepts of Longitude and Latitude
Joan Maute, Ed.D.


This song is available on Joan Maute's Unfolding Maps.   


Longitude slices the long way around.
Latitude dices climb up or down.
Longitude lines go from pole to pole.
Latitude's parallel, that much I know.

Longitude lines go north and south,
But east and west is how they're measured.
They can help you find a river mouth,
Or maybe a buried treasure.

Latitude lines go east and west,
But they're north or south of the equator.
They'll always pass the parallel test.
If you measure them now or later.

Longitude slices the long way around.
Latitude dices climb up or down.
Longitude lines go from pole to pole.
Latitude's parallel, that much I know.


North, south, east, west, four hemispheres,
But only two at a time.
Which ones they are it's very clear,
Depends on where you cut the line.

360 degrees in longitude,
180 east or west around.
But when you get to latitude,
There's 90 up and 90 down.

Longitude slices the long way around.
Latitude dices climb up or down.
Longitude lines go from pole to pole.
Latitude's parallel, that much I know.


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Many thanks to Joan Maute, Ed.D. for permission to display these lyric excerpts.
© Joan Maute, Ed.D. -- Studio 2. All rights reserved. Used with permission.



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