Cardinal Directions Teacher Resources
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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.
2nd - 3rd Social Studies & History 13 Views 65 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 8 Views 75 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 7 Views 42 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 lesson plan, 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
Johnny Appleseed's Westward Journey
Young scholars 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 31 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 12 Views 18 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
Second Graders on the Map
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.
2nd Social Studies & History 6 Views 39 Downloads
Drift Bottles--A Message from Afar
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.
2nd - 6th Social Studies & History 4 Views 20 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 3 Views 5 Downloads