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Social Studies

5th Grade Social Studies

TermDefinition
Continent any of the world's main continuous expanses of land (Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, South America).
Ocean a very large expanse of sea, in particular each of the main areas into which the sea is divided geographically.
Hemisphere a half of the earth, usually as divided into northern and southern halves by the equator, or into western and eastern halves by an imaginary line passing through the poles.
Equator an imaginary line drawn around the earth equally distant from both poles, dividing the earth into northern and southern hemispheres and constituting the parallel of latitude 0°.
Latitude the angular distance of a place north or south of the earth's equator, or of a celestial object north or south of the celestial equator, usually expressed in degrees and minutes.
Parallel (of lines, planes, surfaces, or objects) side by side and having the same distance continuously between them.
Longitude the angular distance of a place east or west of the meridian at Greenwich, England, or west of the standard meridian of a celestial object, usually expressed in degrees and minutes.
Meridian a circle of constant longitude passing through a given place on the earth's surface and the terrestrial poles.
Prime meridian a planet's meridian adopted as the zero of longitude.
Symbol a mark or character used as a conventional representation of an object, function, or process, e.g. the letter or letters standing for a chemical element or a character in musical notation.
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