Main Core Tie
Social Studies - 1st Grade
Students will become familiar with the compass rose and North - East - South - West.
- Postcard from
- CD of song We All Live
- Soggy Waffle Song (pdf)
- Utah map, World Map (pdf),
- Props for Soggy Waffle song
- 100's Chart (pdf)
- Bingo chips, paper,
- Word cards: North,
East, South, and West
- Map of school
- Tacky the Penguin, by Helen Lester; ISBN 0-590-99451-4
- Somewhere in the Universe, by David Drew (Harcourt Achieve Big
Book, 6-pack); ISBN 076351182X
- The Nystrom Block Buddy Atlas, by Charles Nystrom;
- We All Live Together Vol. 1, #1 song We All Live Together, by Greg
and Steve (www.gregandsteve.com); Item YM001C
- Marilyn Linford--Your World at a Glance (visuals and CD)
Background for Teachers
A compass rose shows directions on a map. A key shows symbols
used on a map. A grid can help locate features on a map. Labels on
maps give important information.
Intended Learning Outcomes
1. Demonstrate a positive learning attitude.
5. Understand and use basic concepts and skills.
6. Communicate clearly in oral, artistic, written, and nonverbal form.
Invitation to Learn
Ticky the penguin, who lives in a Utah zoo, gets a postcard from his
cousin Tacky, who lives in Antarctica. Tacky invited him to come to see
him in Antarctica. Ticky doesn't know where that is, so he asks around
and decides to go to Jr. Map School. (This little story is an original story
that weaves throughout the three lessons in this section.)
- Sing We All Live Together by Greg and Steve with map visual
- Introduce the compass rose with the Soggy Waffle Dance (Hat--North, Glove--East, T--shirt tied around hips--South,
Glove--West.) Sing Soggy Waffle Song
- Participants write N, E, S, W on the borders of paper that will
go under a 100's Chart. Teacher gives directions
starting with the one square. (Move three spaces south, five
spaces east, etc. and class recites new number each time in tens
- Use a neighborhood map (with children's pictures taped where
their house is) for direction game. (Matt lives east of the school.
Who else lives east of the school?) Pictures help ELL and
students with special needs.
- Child with N-E-S-W hat, gloves, and T-shirt can lay down on the
floor of the classroom to orient North. (Label directions on
classroom walls.) Draw a classroom map on the overhead that
includes a compass rose.
- Allow several children to try the compass rose outfit to lead the
class (his/her back toward the class) in directional movements.
- Send home 100's Chart with directions to play N-E-S-W activity
as math homework.
- For math homework, have each student draw a map of his/her
bedroom, including a compass rose.
- Send home neighborhood map. Have parents help student draw
walking route to school. Draw an alternate route to school from
- Observe during the 100s Chart activity.
- Observe student interaction and skill with Places on a Map. (You will need to copy the Map Grid on 11" x 17" cardstock for this activity.)