Enduring Understanding: Geographers use tolls like globes, maps and compasses to gather and analyze data.
Essential Question: How do you find North on a compass?
The students will be able to:
1) Identify cardinal and intermediate directions
2) give directions using cardinal and intermediate directions so that students end up at a predetermined location
3) follow directions using cardinal and intermediate directions so that students end up at a predetermined location
1.) 5 laminated pictures of locations on the Natchez Trace
2.) Direction cards
3.) Answer Key
4.) Marker to indicate starting point
Student Task: Follow instructions and work as a team. The students will receive a card with directions and will follow the directions on it using a compass.
1.) Have the students gather near a predetermined starting point.
2.) Give each pair of students a Direction Card in an envelope and a compass.
3.) On the go signal, students will remove their cards from the envelope and follow the directions written on them. They must start off at the marked starting point.
4.) When they reach their destinations, they should remain by the picture until a teacher checks to see if they reached the correct location.
Teacher Closure: Ask the students to imagine following directions in a heavily forested area. Have them discuss what obstacles they might encounter along the way.