Students will be able to use a compass rose to identify cardinal directions.
Introduction (5 minutes)
- Ask a student to stand in front of your desk.
- Have another student direct the student by your desk toward the classroom door.
- Ask the rest of the class which direction the student is facing by the door.
- Tell students that today they will learn a different way of telling someone which way to go in the classroom.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)
- Display a copy of Classroom Compass #1 on a projector for students to see.
- Point to the compass rose, or the circle showing directions, on the map.
- Ask your students what they think the letters N, S, E, and W stand for.
- Remind your students that north, south, east, and west are called cardinal directions.
- Work with students to identify the students' names and classroom labels on the map.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)
- Create a compass rose on the classroom floor using masking tape and four sheets labeled N, S, E, and W.
- Have volunteers use the compass rose to follow your directions to different areas of the classroom. For example, tell students to walk two steps north.
- Model question number one on the Classroom Compass #1 worksheet for students.
- Complete questions two through five with your students.
Independent Working Time (10 minutes)
- Read aloud the directions on the Classroom Compass #2 worksheet.
- Have students complete the questions about the map on their own.
- Enrichment: Have your students combine the cardinal directions to make northwest, southeast, etc. Invite them to direct you around the room using these words.
- Support: Have your students create their own compass roses, and instruct them to cut them out and use them during the assessment.
Related Books and/or Media
- VIDEO: Cardinal Directions
Assessment (10 minutes)
- Have students label four index cards N, S, E, and W.
- Point to identify which side of your classroom is the north side.
- Explain that even though the N on the compass rose faces up, north is not always the direction right in front of them.
- Walk in different directions around the classroom.
- Have students hold up the correct index card to show which direction you're moving.
Review and Closing (5 minutes)
- Ask students to explain how knowing how to read the directions north, south, east, and west on a map can be helpful to people.