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Background For Teachers:
Student Prior Knowledge:
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Discuss each of the directions with the students, using these key terms:
Application and Practice:
Tell them you will teach them a funny sentence to help them remember the directions in order. Have them face north and say loudly, "Never". Then turn and face the wall to their right and say, "Eat". Turn to the right again and say, "Slimy", and finally turn to the last wall and state, "Worms"
Pass out the paper plates. Model how to put an "N" on one edge of the paper plate. Explain to the students that N or North, is always up on a map. Have them write "North" under the N and draw a picture of a polar bear by it, because they live in the north.
Model how to draw an "E" to the right of the "N". Ask the students if they think they know what the "E" stands for. Have them write East by the "E", and draw a picture of the sunrise. Continue with the rest of the directions until the plate is a homemade compass.
If possible, take the children outside and show them that once they figure out one of the cardinal directions (by landmark, sunrise, sunset) they can set their compass to show the correct directions. Repeat the N.E.S.W. chant while outside.
After several moments, model how to label the directions (You an also expose them to a compass rose on the paper, consolidating the areas used for directions from the edges of the paper to one central location).
To model the rest of the work, you can project your outline, or draw one on the board.
Draw a small circle in the bottom left corner. Have the students copy the circle onto their paper. Tell them "This symbol on the map means a city is here. Can anyone tell me what city it might be"?
"The city we just mapped is called St. George". Do the same with other cities they may be familiar with: Tooele, Salt Lake City, Logan, Vernal, Beaver, and Moab.
Once they have completed filling in their Utah map, ask them to look at the map of the U.S. Tell them to look at the shape of Utah on their Utah map. Ask them if the shape reminds them of anything. Then ask them if they can find Utah on the U.S. map, and color it in with a crayon.
Repeat with the world map by asking them to look at the shape of the U.S. on their map, and see if they can color in the U.S. on the world map.
Possible mapping locations could be, but are not limited to: cities, physical landmarks (lakes, rivers, monuments), and roads.
You can also extend the final session by having the students produce a compass, or compass rose on their maps.
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