ALEX Learning Activity

  

Where are you going?

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  This learning activity provided by:  
Author: Cara Gregg
Organization:University of North Alabama
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 259
Title:
Where are you going?
Digital Tool/Resource:
Hi-5: North South East & West
Web Address – URL:
Overview:

In this learning activity, students will watch a video with music and dancing to teach the different cardinal directions on a compass.  Students can interact and move with the video.  

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
Social Studies
SS2010 (2010)
Grade: 1
Living and Working Together in Family and Community and State
8 ) Identify land masses, bodies of water, and other physical features on maps and globes.

•  Explaining the use of cardinal directions and the compass rose
•  Measuring distance using nonstandard units
Example: measuring with pencils, strings, hands, feet

•  Using vocabulary associated with geographical features, including river, lake, ocean, and mountain
Unpacked Content
Strand: Geography
Course Title: Living and Working Together in Family and Community and State
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • Identify on globes and maps the areas of land masses, bodies of water, and other physical features.
  • Use cardinal directions and a compass rose to explain locations of land masses, bodies of water, and other physical features.
  • Create a form of nonstandard measurement to measure distances between land masses, bodies of water, and other physical features.
  • Use appropriate geographical vocabulary to share features on globes and maps.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • identify
  • create
  • use
  • land masses
  • bodies of water
  • physical features
  • cardinal directions
  • compass rose
  • nonstandard measurement
  • distance
  • geographical features
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • The differences in land masses, bodies of water, and other physical features on maps and globes.
  • The use of cardinal directions and the compass rose.
  • Techniques for using nonstandard measurement.
  • Vocabulary: land masses, bodies of water, physical features, cardinal directions, compass rose, nonstandard measurement, distance, geographical features
Skills:
Student are able to:
  • Identify land masses, bodies of water, and other physical features on maps and globes.
  • State the purpose and use of cardinal directions and compass rose.
  • Identify nonstandard measurement.
  • Use nonstandard measurement for locating distances.
  • Use vocabulary that relates to geographical features (for example, river, lake, ocean, and mountain).
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • Land masses, bodies of water, and physical features can be identified on maps and globes.
  • Cardinal directions and the compass rose help us read maps.
  • Nonstandard measurements can be used to find distance.
  • There is an appropriate vocabulary to describe geographical features.

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
SS.AAS.1.8- Identify land, land masses, and bodies of water on maps.


Social Studies
SS2010 (2010)
Grade: 2
Living and Working Together in State and Nation
6 ) Identify states, continents, oceans, and the equator using maps, globes, and technology.

•  Identifying map elements, including title, legend, compass rose, and scale
•  Identifying the intermediate directions of northeast, southeast, northwest, and southwest
•  Recognizing technological resources such as a virtual globe, satellite images, and radar
•  Locating points on a grid
Unpacked Content
Strand: Geography
Course Title: Living and Working Together in State and Nation
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • Identify states, continents, oceans, the equator and other geographic features on maps, globes, and technology resources.
  • Students use map elements to locate and describe features on maps, globes, and technology resources.
  • Students use appropriate terminology, including directions and intermediate directions, to describe locations on maps, globes and technology resources.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • states
  • continents
  • oceans
  • equator
  • intermediate directions
  • recognize
  • virtual globe
  • satellite images
  • radar
  • locate
  • points on a grid
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • Differences among the ways maps, globes, and technological resources represent Earth and portions of the Earth.
  • Location of states, continents, oceans, equator, and other physical and man-made geographic features. Intermediate directions.
  • Vocabulary: states, continents, oceans, equator, map, globe, title, legend, compass rose, scale, virtual globe, satellite image, radar, northeast, southeast, northwest, southwest
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • Use maps, globes, and technological resources.
  • Locate states, continents, oceans, the equator, and other geographic features.
  • Locate map elements and use them effectively.
  • Use intermediate directions to describe location.
  • Locate points on a grid.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • Maps, globes, and geographic technology resources are representations of a variety of geographic features.

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
SS.AAS.2.6- Identify Alabama and surrounding states on a map; demonstrate an understanding of map elements including title, legend, scale, compass rose, and intermediate directions recognizing technological resources such as a virtual globe, satellite images, and radar.


Learning Objectives:

Students will be able to explain the use of cardinal directions and the compass rose.

  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  
Phase:
After/Explain/Elaborate
Activity:

The direction video can be used at the end of the lesson to check for understanding and give the students a fun way to review cardinal directions.

  1. Have the students watch the video first.
  2. Teach the students the moves.
  3. Have the students watch the video and move along.
Assessment Strategies:

  1. Ask the students what the four cardinal directions are.
  2. Ask the students to use movements to show the direction.

Advanced Preparation:
 
Variation Tips (optional):

Students may play the North, South, East, & West Online Game for reinforcement.

Notes or Recommendations (optional):
 
  Keywords and Search Tags  
Keywords and Search Tags: cardinal directions, compass rose, East, North, South, West