ALEX Learning Activity

Around My State

A Learning Activity is a strategy a teacher chooses to actively engage students in learning a concept or skill using a digital tool/resource.

  This learning activity provided by:  
Author: Ginger Boyd
System:Geneva County
School:Slocomb Elementary School
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 2472
Around My State
Digital Tool/Resource:
Road Trippin' USA from Fresh Blazer/Go Noodle
Web Address – URL:

In this learning activity, students will watch a video from GoNoodle about taking a road trip through the USA. In the video, a significant fact is given about each state visited. Students will then research areas in their state and create their own video about taking a road trip through their state (Alabama). Students should include at least six significant facts about their state starting with their hometown and include cardinal and intermediate directions to describe their route from city to city navigating through their state.

This alignment results from the ALEX Resource Development Summit.

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
Social Studies
SS2010 (2010)
Grade: 3
Geographic and Historical Studies: People, Places, and Regions
1 ) Locate the prime meridian, equator, Tropic of Capricorn, Tropic of Cancer, International Date Line, and lines of latitude and longitude on maps and globes.

•  Using cardinal and intermediate directions to locate on a map or globe an area in Alabama or the world (Alabama)
•  Using coordinates to locate points on a grid
•  Determining distance between places on a map using a scale
•  Locating physical and cultural regions using labels, symbols, and legends on an Alabama or world map (Alabama)
•  Describing the use of geospatial technologies
Examples: Global Positioning System (GPS), geographic information system (GIS)

•  Interpreting information on thematic maps
Examples: population, vegetation, climate, growing season, irrigation

•  Using vocabulary associated with maps and globes, including megalopolis, landlocked, border, and elevation
Learning Objectives:

The students will be able to use cardinal and intermediate directions to locate on map areas in Alabama.

  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  

This activity would work great after a lesson on cardinal and intermediate directions to reinforce their importance during navigation.

To begin the learning activity, review cardinal and intermediate directions. Cardinal directions are the four main directions on a compass rose. Starting at the top point and moving clockwise, N is for North, E is for East, S is for South, and W is for West. An easy Mnemonic to remember this is Never Eat Slimy Worms. Intermediate directions are the points between the cardinal directions. Starting at the point between North and East: NE - Northeast, the point between East and South:  SE - Southeast, the point between South and West:  SW - Southwest and the point between West and North:  NW - Northwest.

Show the video: Road Trippin' USA from Fresh Blazer from GoNoodle.

Group the students into groups of four students per group and tell the students they will be creating their own "road trip" video using Adobe Spark. First, point out to the students how in the video, the singers stated one fact about each state they visited. Tell students they will start their "road trip" in their hometown and they will also need to state one significant fact about each city they "visit". Students will use cardinal and intermediate directions to describe the route they navigate from city to city on their "road trip" through their state. Students should research cities in their state to gather facts and cardinal directions before creating their videos. Students will share their videos completed videos with the class.

Assessment Strategies:

Students will be assessed on their "road trip" video. The video must include six cities starting with their hometown and include a fact about each city. Students will use cardinal and intermediate directions to navigate the route from city to city on their "road trip".

Advanced Preparation:

Make a copy of the handout Cardinal and Intermediate Directions (one per group).

Students will need access to Internet-capable devices for research and video creation. 

Variation Tips (optional):
Notes or Recommendations (optional):

GoNoodle is a free resource. Teachers need to create a free account to access the videos.  

Adobe Spark is a free resource.

  Keywords and Search Tags  
Keywords and Search Tags: cardinal directions, intermediate directions, maps