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Scaling it Down: Caves Have Maps, Too
Measurement and map skills are the focus of this lesson plan, where students crawl through a "cave" made out of boxes, desks and chairs, observing the dimensions. Your young geographers measure various aspects of the cave and practice math skills needed to create a related map scale.
3rd - 5th Math 21 Views 137 Downloads
Fairy Tale Maps
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.
K Social Studies & History 14 Views 79 Downloads
Which Way is North?
Who needs a compass to find cardinal directions? Just place a stick in the ground and record the movement of its shadow over the course of a day. Then, measure the shadow lengths in order to determine a north-south line. A simple activity that deepens young scholars' understanding of the earth's motion and position in the solar system.
3rd - 5th Science 5 Views 3 Downloads
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.
3rd Social Studies & History 13 Views 44 Downloads
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.
3rd Social Studies & History 3 Views 25 Downloads
Down at the Orchard
First graders examine what an apple orchard looks like and work with cardinal directions. In this apple orchard and direction activity, 1st graders listen to Anne Rockwell's, Apples and Pumpkins, and Amy and Richard Hutchings', Picking Apples and Pumpkins.
1st Social Studies & History 3 Views 2 Downloads
Make a Classroom Map
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.
6th - 10th Science 6 Views 7 Downloads
Follow the Light
Here is another in the interesting series of lessons that use the special State Quarters as a learning tool. During this lesson, pupils learn about lighthouses, maps, the cardinal directions on a compass, and U.S. geography. There are many excellent worksheets embedded in the plan.
2nd - 3rd Social Studies & History 4 Views 14 Downloads
Exploring the Distance Formula with the TI- Navigator
Students explore the distance formula. In this geometry lesson, students investigate the relationship between movement on the coordinate lane and cardinal directions. Students explore the distance formula in terms of the Pythagorean Theorem and rise and run.
9th - 12th Math 6 Views 25 Downloads
Students explore cardinal directions and the compass rose using Google Earth. In this cardinal directions and compass rose lesson plan, students use Google Earth to visit Disney World. Students choose which direction to go to get there. Students then watch a video clip of a roller coaster ride.
K - 2nd Social Studies & History 30 Views 21 Downloads
Using Bar Scale and Compass Rose
Incorporate the compass rose and bar scale in map studies using this analysis worksheet. A brief introduction gives students context on cardinal directions and the use of ratio on the bar scale. Two maps of Australia are used to answer 6 short-answer questions, which reference direction and measurement.
4th - 6th Social Studies & History 17 Views 141 Downloads
Introduction to the Yukon Territory
Young scholars research the Canadian Yukon Territory. They access the Atlas of Canada website and use the information to describe the relative location of the Yukon Territory using cardinal directions, symbols and the Atlas legend.
1st - 5th Social Studies & History 4 Views 13 Downloads
Johnny Appleseed's Westward Journey
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.
1st - 2nd Social Studies & History 3 Views 32 Downloads
Location, Location, Location!
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.
12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 5 Downloads
Compass Rose: Dance and Quilt
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.
4th Visual & Performing Arts 15 Views 19 Downloads