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Cardinal Directions Teacher Resources
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Here's a great way to introduce your young geographers to the world of maps and globes. This series of plans allows learners to engage in whole-group and hands-on activities which will help them to become familiar with maps and globes and how they are used. Cardinal directions, the poles, the oceans, and the northern and southern hemispheres are all introduced. An outstanding plan that is highly recommened for your young ones!
Students learn and identify parts of a map. In this geography instructional activity, students learn about the parts of a map including the compass rose, the map key, scales, titles and labels. Students practice using a compass, following cardinal directions and drawing a simple map of the classroom. Students also use whiteboard websites to review each part of a map.
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.
Learn to emonstrate how to use a compass rose. By learning to identify the four cardinal directions and make a compass rose from a paper plate, 2nd graders will be able to mark the playground with the directions and draw a map of the playground using cardinal directions as a guide.
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.
Third graders use cardinal directions to practice writing concise directions. In this direction writing activity, 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.
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. A fine lesson!