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1st Grade - Act. 26: Going Places


During this activity students will become familiar with a variety of directional words such as North, South, East, West, up, down, etc...

Main Curriculum Tie:
Social Studies - 1st GradeStandard 3
(Geography): Students will use geographic tools to demonstrate how symbols and models are used to represent features of the school, the neighborhood, and the real world.


  • grid that includes a compass rose
  • crayons
  • pencil
  • writing paper
  • manipulatives to use as markers


Background For Teachers:
Directional words help us understand positions on maps. These words include: North, South, East, West, up, down, above, below, left, right, near, and far.

Intended Learning Outcomes:

Intended Learning Outcomes
5. Understand and use basic concepts and skills.
6. Communicate clearly in oral, artistic, written and nonverbal form.

Process Skills
Problem solving, symbolization

Instructional Procedures:
Invitation to Learn
Blindfold a participant and have them go through a maze while listening and following directions.

Instructional Procedures

  1. Put students in small groups or with a partner.
  2. Pass out grids to each group.
  3. Students need to place two different markers on the grid.
  4. Students must find a way to get from one marker to the other through the use of directional clues.
  5. Once students are familiar with this process they need to record their steps on a sheet of paper.

Possible Extensions/Adaptations
Create a larger grid, put more objects on the grid, and play a version of Battleship.

Assessment Plan:
Teacher observes and checks for accuracy of directions.

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Created Date :
Aug 12 2003 08:10 AM

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