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Scaling it Down: Caves Have Maps, Too
Measurement and map skills are the focus of this lesson plan, where learners 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 22 Views 138 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 16 Views 79 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
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
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 4 Views 26 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 18 Views 142 Downloads
All Aboard the Freedom Train!
Young historians identify Harriet Tubman, her character traits, and role as a conductor on the Underground Railroad. They create an escape map using map legends and the Cardinal directions. This plan utilizes one of my favorite video resources; The Reading Rainbow series!
K - 2nd Social Studies & History 13 Views 20 Downloads
New Review Arthur Compass Rose
Keep your class headed in the right direction with this printable compass rose. Large and easy to read with a smiling picture of Arthur in the middle, this resource would make a fun addition to the desk of any primary grade student.
1st - 3rd Social Studies & History 3 Views 0 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 students' understanding of the earth's motion and position in the solar system.
3rd - 5th Science 6 Views 3 Downloads
We're Gonna Have A Party
First graders explore map skills. They discuss the map vocabulary and use directions to find a location on a map. Students discuss and use the components of a map to answer a variety of questions. They use the map and directions to find an item hidden in the classroom.
1st Social Studies & History 14 Views 46 Downloads
I've Been Working on the Railroad
Third graders investigate the transcontinental railroad. For this geography lesson, 3rd graders name the continents, oceans, and equator. Students label maps and show the cardinal directions. Students read books and sing songs about the railroad.
3rd Visual & Performing Arts 4 Views 27 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