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The Earth and the Compass
Fifth graders construct a water compass to investigate the effects of Earth's magnetic field and other sources of magnetism. They predict, observe and draw conclusions from their investigation.
Combining Map and Compass
Learners practice using the map and compass to find a location. In this geography lesson series, students identify basic requirements needed when traveling in the wilderness. They plan a healthy menu for a backpacking trip.
Students examine classroom objects and determine which has magnetic fields. In this physical science lesson, students explain how the magnetic field created by aurora's affect navigational compasses. They discuss investigation results in class.
Learners explore magnetic fields. They listen to a teacher-led discussion, and conduct an experiment in which they create a magnetic field using electricity and observing its effect on the magnetic needle on a compass.
Orienteering - The Fundamentals
Students investigate the concept of a compass and it has been used in the past and in modern times. They practice using it in the wilderness in order to test its importance in various exploring activities. Each activity is accompanied by specific vocabulary.
Students explore magnetic fields. In this science lesson, students create a magnetic field using electricity. Students observe the effect of a magnetic field on the compass needle.
Students examine the concept of magnetism by doing several activities using magnets and compasses. They explore poles and polar repulsion and attraction.
Geometric Abstract Art with a Compass
Using a compass and a ruler, young artists will create geometric abstract art. They'll discuss the highly dimensional work of Victor Vasarely, the elements of art and design, as well as abstract expressionism. They'll then take to the page with markers and crayons to create unique shape inspired pieces.
Seventh graders participate in learning how to use a compass. They practice finding the bearing of an object, how to set a bearing, and how to use their compass to complete several different courses.
Leatherback Sea Turtles and their Special Compasses
Students will learn some basic information about leatherbacks and hypothesize why individual leatherbacks were able to find their way from Costa Rica to the Galapagos Islands without any obvious navigational aids.
Making A Compass
This interesting science lesson is about the compass. Students make a compass out of a magnet, sewing needle, cork, and a glass dish. The lesson includes both a pre and post-test for the students to take, and some very good links to websites filled with interesting information about the compass, and how it works.
Students, after reading the book, "Caesar: On Deaf Ears," explore what "compassion" means and how to make compassionate choices in life. They analyze the problems in the novel as well as search to find solutions to the problem. In addition, they assess that compassion is the same for both people and animals.
Motion and Forces
Eighth graders define the terms: magnetism, poles, compass, magnetic field, lines of force, electromagnet. They name two properties shared by all magnets and describe how one magnet will affect another.
Mapping with a Compass: A Simulated Survey
Students use compasses and grids to map the locations of artifacts found in a simulated dig site. In groups, they role-play as future archeologists excavating a school site. Groups begin at their assigned datum and site the artifacts with compasses, record the bearings, and measure the distances. Students draw scale maps of the artifacts and their locations.
Understanding the Compass
Young geographers view an excellent description of how compasses work, then work in partners to make a compass of their own. There is a heavy religious component in this lesson; for example, as closure, the teacher reads a verse from the Bible, and asks students to respond to the question, "How did God lead the people of Israel through the desert?" After all, He didn't have a compass!
Mapmaker, Mapmaker, Make Me a Map
Second and third graders practice with basic map skills. They create their own map including a legend and a compass rose. This fabulous plan has many excellent websites linked which allow learners to explore maps of all kinds; including aerial photos of their own locations. A wonderful educational resource!
Finding Magnetic Fields of Earth
Fifth graders, in groups, create paper bag "globes", complete with magnetic poles. They use compasses to determine and label various locations (N. and S. Poles, Prime Meridian, Equator, etc.) and finish it by drawing in the continents and oceans.
Circle Compass Course
Students practice using a compass for directions. They use a compass to set and walk a designated course. In addition, they discuss careers and recreation that utilize a compass.
Compass Building Instructions
Students build their own compass following a given procedure. For this technology lesson, students explain how a compass is used in navigation. They trace the history of its development.
Students identify and analyze the various parts of the compass, including the bezel, capsule, and magnetic needle. Students explain the purpose of using a compass and locate the direction of North and South. Students show correlated compass directions (using angles, etc.) by drawing on grid or graph paper. Students research information on the differences between a temporary and permanent magnet and how the modern day compass was developed.