Students will learn how mapping tools, like cardinal directions, can help us navigate from one place to the next, provide directions, or trace important routes. They will then look at a compass rose and a labeled diagram. Have students discuss what they think N, S, E, and W might stand for. Tell students that North, South, East, and West are called cardinal directions.
Students will look at a compass rose that has an animal for each direction and drag the animal to the matching cardinal direction word. Students will use cardinal directions to describe locations of objects in the classroom (e.g., desks, bookcases).
Discuss with students how to draw an aerial view of a map. Students will draw what they would see on their desks if they were "flies on the ceiling." Then they will label the objects on their map. Students will also look at a map of a classroom that uses symbols to represent objects (i.e., circle = chair, square = desk) and answer questions about it. Students will use a compass rose to answer questions about a map. Lastly, they will label a compass rose.