ALEX Lesson Plan

     

Which Direction Should I Go?

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Author:Taraethia Sullivan
System: Clarke County
School: Clarke County Board Of Education
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 33959

Title:

Which Direction Should I Go?

Overview/Annotation:

In this lesson, students investigate cardinal directions and the compass rose through video and a directions game.  Then students will draw and label a map of the classroom using cardinal directions.

 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
Insight 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.


Local/National Standards:

 

Primary Learning Objective(s):

Students will be able to explain cardinal directions and a compass rose through a whole class directional game and drawing a classroom map.  

Additional Learning Objective(s):

 
 Preparation Information 

Total Duration:

0 to 30 Minutes

Materials and Resources:

Vocabulary Cards for word wall

Markers for illustrating vocabulary cards (optional)

graphic organizer (Compass Rose) from TeachersPayTeachers

Sample Directives/Commands for students to read in case students struggle with directives. (Optional)

Technology Resources Needed:

Maps and Cardinal Directions for Kids video

Projector

Desktop/Laptop

Background/Preparation:

Before

The teacher should have vocabulary cards ready for the word wall before the lesson.  More information about word walls can be found at the following website:  Reading Rockets

During

The teacher will need to print out a graphic organizer (compass rose) from TeachersPayTeachers (one for every two students).  The teacher should also make sure the video is working before class time.

After

Higher Achieving students will most likely need to be a group captain to assure that the activity goes as planned.

  Procedures/Activities: 

Before

The teacher will introduce the lesson with the vocabulary words to support learning. These will be posted on the word wall.

  • physical features
  • map
  • cardinal directions
  • compass rose
  • north
  • south
  • east
  • west

During

Show the Maps and Cardinal Directions video.  Have students partner up and pass out each pair a graphic organizer (compass rose).  Students should label the four directions on the compass rose.  Students can use the vocabulary word wall posted earlier in the classroom as a reference.  To make sure all of the students comprehend cardinal directions, have the students stand up and face north, south, and so on.  

After

Play a whole class directional game - have students stand up and identify an object in the classroom by using a series of directional clues to aid the students with identifying a mystery object. Next, divide the students into pairs, and have one child guide their partner to an object using the directional clues. For example, take four giant steps east; now take three tiny steps north.

Have students draw and label a map of the classroom using cardinal directions and a compass rose.


  Assessment  

Assessment Strategies

Students will be assessed on their drawing of the classroom map in their journal.

Acceleration:

Students can draw a map from the classroom to the playground and label using a compass rose.  Students can use cardinal directions to explain a path from the classroom to the playground.

Intervention:

Students struggling with this concept can partner with the teacher and watch the video again.


View the Special Education resources for instructional guidance in providing modifications and adaptations for students with significant cognitive disabilities who qualify for the Alabama Alternate Assessment.