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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.
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.
Learners, 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.
Middle schoolers 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.
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!
Young scholars 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.
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.
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.
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.
Students acquaint with co-participants and identify the practice basic compass functions and orienteering procedures. They also work together to solve a small challenge. Students then identify how the challenge of orienteering relates to service-learning and what the compass for that adventure was and how to pace themselves.
Students examine the concept of magnetism by doing several activities using magnets and compasses. They explore poles and polar repulsion and attraction.
Young scholars demonstrate basic map skills. In this US history lesson, students review cardinal directions and use a compass rose while at the same time discuss what life was like for Abraham Lincoln.
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.
Have your class create their own compass. Using a needle, a container of water and a magnet, have learners explore magnetism. They will love making this useful tool and it will reinforce the fact that Earth has a magnetic field.
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.
Students triangulate using a compass, topographical (topo) map and a view of outside landmarks. They take a field trip to another location away from school and mark discernible landmarks (like mountains or radio towers) and changes in elevation (to illustrate the topographical features).
Learners explore magnetism.  In this "magnets" science lesson, students make a compass with common household items and explain the relationship between what a compass does and the earth's magnetic fields.
Students determine how to shoot a bearing.  In this compass and orienteering lesson, students review the parts of a compass, practice how to find a bearing and work in groups to practice finding landmark bearings.
More compass practice! This activity has your scholars practicing getting their bearings. They will participate in a schoolyard compass game where they will have a specific starting point and then navigate through the course according to directions given. They will record their route and turn in their activity paper for evaluation. There are resource links that are connected to the other lessons anad to the orienteering unit home page.
Third graders use the compass rose as a tool to help tell if the location is north, east, south, or west from Missouri on the U.S map.