In 4th grade I do a review of cardinal and intermediate directions at the beginning of the year and we are usually set for the rest of the year. This year...not so much. I felt like my students were really struggling with test questions that required them to apply their knowledge of directions.
I created a few quick and easy activities to use with my students in review stations this week and thought I'd share them with you. These activities were for a station that is teacher-led.
First off I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out some simple shapes that we used to create our own compasses. We used our creations in the other activities.
Next, I put some copies of these simple worksheets in page protectors and we used the dry erase markers with them. Instead of using the directions at the bottom of the page we all took turns coming up with directions to move around the maps.
After that we got out the big Virginia maps and started practicing some of those test questions we have such a hard time with. Things like, "If Rachel traveled South from Richmond which state would she come to first?" To spice it up a little we moved dinosaurs around our map. It was something different and I was surprised at how much the kids liked it! I even had them talking to their dinosaur and taking it on a "walking tour" of Virginia's regions. LOL It was really fun!
I also recently learned a new trick for keeping East and West straight. We wrote the word "WE" in big letters on the map and used that as a visual for helping to remember which side was which. I think its a pretty helpful trick!
Do you have any tricks for teaching directions?