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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.
Third graders locate New York State on a map, use a compass rose to name the direction from one city to another, and perform various other activities using maps to prepare a presentation about New York.
Students construct, interpret and translate maps and geographic data. Given a worksheet, students identify an island, an atoll, a scale, and a compass rose. Students grid systems, legends, and symbols. They use the map to find answers to specific questions and vocabulary words.
Students plot earthquake and volcano data using a Compass Rose Plotting. They explain the relationship between plate movement and connection. They draw conclusions that earthquakes and volcanoes occur in predictable locations.
Students identify the intermediate directions. In this geography lesson, students use a United States Political Map and use the compass rose to identify the cardinal directions and intermediate directions.
Students use different pieces of equipment to practice throwing and catching. They use the cardinal directions of North, South, East and West in making a compass rose with the equipment. They must use higher order and decision making skills.
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. Finally, they design a construction paper quilt using that shows the cardinal and intermediate directions.
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. Question 6 is tricky: students may wonder if it means in inches, or if they are to answer that the size of the continent doesn't change. Houghton Mifflin text is referenced.
Keep it simple when practicing directions using this compass rose labeling instructional activity. Learners read a brief text describing the cardinal and intermediate directions, then fill in the compass themselves. They can get immediate feedback using the online tool. Keep in mind they can't use the abbreviations (S, SW, NE, etc.), as it will not count the answers as correct.
Stereotype or archetype? Myth or fact? Middle schoolers apply critical thinking skills to assess the validity of the images and story details in picture books portraying Native American history. The study begins with an examination of Susan Jeffers’ Brother Eagle, Sister Sky, listed as a book to avoid by the Oyate website. The plan details how to direct readers’ attention to the messages sent by illustrations and how to check the facts of a story. As a contrast, class members are introduced to Joseph Bruchac’s Between Earth and Sky: Legends of Native American Sacred Places and create their own compass rose.
Map the classroom with your kids to help them understand how maps work and how to read them. The lesson starts off with a story about animals living and moving around the globe, and then kids create maps of their classroom to show how they come and go, just like the animals. They'll draw and label their maps then practice giving each other directions. Note: If your teaching Common Core be sure to double check the standards listed, the lesson may not meet them all, fully.
Students use their map-reading skills to find Captain Hook's treasure. They see how the directions on a map correspond with "real-life" directions, and that symbols on a map represent real things.
Students determine distance and direction on a nautical chart. In this nautical lesson, students identify obstacles and characteristics of common aid to navigation on a nautical chart.
Young scholars explore cardinal directions and the compass rose using Google Earth. In this cardinal directions and compass rose lesson, students use Google Earth to visit Disney World. Young scholars choose which direction to go to get there. Students then watch a video clip of a roller coaster ride.
Here is a well-designed, very thorough lesson plan on mapping for very young children. Within the six-page plan, you will find everything you need to implement the lesson. They will identify various landforms found in Colorado on a map, learn about the most common symbols found on maps, work with a partner to create their own map, and color in a worksheet which depicts the Colorado quarter.
Young scholars create maps of their classroom including landmarks and cardinal directions. they examine a satellite photo of the school community and note the four directions on it by using compasses.
Students discover what is needed to program an underwater robot to complete a course of action.  For this robot archaeologist lesson students design an archaeological strategy of an underwater vehicle. 
Young mathematicians investigate that things move in a directional path. They construct a paper airplane and measure an airplane's length of flight. Everyone constructs a map with a key showing their airplane's flight path
Thirds graders reinforce that a map is a drawing that shows what a place looks like from above. They use a map key and symbols to create a map of the school and its neighborhood.
Second graders solve a map mystery. In this technology lesson plan, 2nd graders develop an awareness of maps and the symbols associated with maps as they the "Neighborhood Map Machine."

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