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1st Grade - Act. 26: Going Places

Main Core Tie

Social Studies - 1st Grade
Standard 3


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



  • 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.

Created: 08/12/2003
Updated: 02/05/2018