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First graders study cardinal directions on maps. In this geography lesson, 1st graders determine and show where North, South, East, and West are on various maps.
Students draw items on a map in specific places to show their knowledge of cardinal directions. In this simple map skills lesson plan, students draw a cloud, a tree, a house, and a lake to show North, South, East, and West.
In this cardinal directions instructional activity, students read a 2-page review of cardinal directions and use a globe to respond to 5 questions.
Students study direction as they listen to the stories of Little Red Riding Hood and The Jolly Postman. In this cardinal direction lesson, learners create a map to show the path Little Red Riding Hood took in the story and label the path that the Jolly Postman took. The class practices the cardinal directions while singing "Oh Where Oh Where is the Postman" song.
Third graders use cardinal directions to practice writing concise directions. In this direction writing lesson, 3rd graders write directions for a classmate using cardinal directions. They use the school and its environs as they write and edit the directions. They complete both a pre and post-assessment.
Third graders review cardinal directions, moving around the room so that they are standing in the part of the room that is nearest the north, south, east and west. They are asked what would you do if they are lost? Pupils work as a whole group to create a map of the school and the playground.
First graders examine what an apple orchard looks like and work with cardinal directions. In this apple orchard and direction lesson, 1st graders listen to Anne Rockwell's, Apples and Pumpkins, and Amy and Richard Hutchings', Picking Apples and Pumpkins. They learn cardinal directions, take virtual tour of the apple orchard, and use software to draw a map of an orchard.
Middle schoolers design a simple compass. They examine how the Earth's magnetic field has both horizontal and vertical components. They determine how a compass works and work with cardinal directions.
First graders name the vocabulary words in Navajo, Ute and Spanish for the cardinal directions.
Students listen to the book, JOHNNY APPLESEED focusing on the directions that he traveled within the United States. They discuss Johnny Appleseed's westward travels locating the westward direction on the map and also answer questions using hand signals for the four cardinal directions.
Twelfth graders locate cities, states and countries on maps. They use the cardinal directions to locate places on maps. They describe where they were born by giving clues without naming the exact state. They trade papers and try to guess the birth locations.
Fourth graders identify the cardinal directions by listening to a song entitled, "Stand," and by reviewing the lyrics to that song. They notice the cardinal directions that are posted around the classroom. They perform the motions as they listen to the song a final time. Finally, they design a construction paper quilt using that shows the cardinal and intermediate directions.
First graders locate countries on maps and globes and learn about the hemispheres and the cardinal directions. They listen to books read out loud and dicuss geography.
Fourth graders use cardinal directions to locate areas on a map. They also use a map key to interpret symbols and read a map. Students study that map keys vary from map to map and create a map of the classroom.
Young scholars discover how to use geographic tools. For this compass lesson, students identify cardinal directions by appropriately using compasses along with a number of various maps.
First graders place stickers on maps indicating their understanding of the cardinal directions. They locate Jamestown, England, the Atlantic, and Virginia.
Second graders explore the various types of maps. They examine the differences between street maps and aerial photographs. Students identify various features on each map. They use cardinal directions and the compass rose. They write their own address.
Students explore longitude, latitude and cardinal directions. In this social studies lesson, students use the geographical clues in the letter to determine where the bottle originated. Students compose a message that gives their location using directional terms.
Once you identify cardinal directions in your science classroom, hand learners a blank grid and have them map the classroom on it. In this way, they gain experience with direction and using coordinate systems for locating features on the surface of the Earth. This activity would make a smooth segue into mapping topography or landscape structures. Use it in any science class involved in studying ecosystems or physical geography.
In this maps and symbols learning exercise, students examine 5 map symbols, read a set of directions then complete a map using map symbols and cardinal directions correctly.

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