Using the Four Main Directions in the
||The students will use the four main directions to locate features
within the classroom.
||north, south, east, west
||World Map, magnetic compass, globe, map marker
|Pull down the World Map and locate the Direction Skills Inset Map in
the upper right corner. Review with the students the four main
directions. Emphasize the direction north, as that is our base
North is toward the North Pole.
South is toward the South Pole.
East is to the right of a person standing on the Earth facing
the North Pole.
West is to the left of a person standing on the Earth facing
the North Pole.
|These definitions are always correct. They are correct on the globe
and the Word Map, or even within your own classroom. Tell the students
they will locate things in their classroom by using the four main
|Have the students locate the drawing of the students in the
direction inset map. Emphasize that the student in the drawing is acting
as a direction finder. Select a student to act as a direction finder for
|Use a magnetic compass to determine the direction north in your
classroom. Label the north wall in your classroom.
|Have the "student direction finder" stand facing the north wall.
His/her arms should be extended exactly like the student on the drawing.
Label the other walls as well.
|Now use the classroom to locate other features by using direction.
Each time the students locate a feature have them tell you the direction
they moved and tell what the direction means (Example-east is to my
right as I face the North Pole)
|Conclude the lessons by drawing your classroom on the globe. If
possible, have the location on each student's desk marked on the globe.
Emphasize that if the students were to walk toward the North wall in the
classroom, and they kept walking, they would eventually arrive at the
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