North, South, East, West! I always find this a challenging concept to teach, but this lesson made it a lot easier for students to understand and a lot of fun! To learn their directions, each student gets their own compass for them to hold and explore with. We started in the classroom and learned how to hold the compass properly and how to read it. I asked them to hold their compass still and flat in the palm of their hand at their belly button. We then ventured out of the classroom and through the school- on a treasure hunt.
Once students were ready and comfortable we went on an adventure. We walked as a group – as I called out directions students had to move in that direction, using their compass as their guide. If we all agreed on the direction then we walked that way until I called a new direction. We walked through the school and around the yard, until we discovered the treasure chest, full of gold! They loved this hands-on learning adventure!