October 30, 2015
By Yolanda Swain

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Classroom Directions

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Students will be able to use a compass rose to identify cardinal directions.

(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.
(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 WStand 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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.

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