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  • Renee Anderson

25 Fun Ways to Use a Compass Rose in the Classroom


The Compass Rose and the Cardinal & Intermediate directions can be really fun to incorporate into your classroom. Here are 25 different ideas for using the Compass Rose and Cardinal & Intermediate directions in a fun and engaging way!


  1. Make Your Own Compass Rose and have students use their very own for all of your map skills lessons

  2. Mark places in your classroom with the Cardinal & Intermediate Directions. Flip the directions each week or every few weeks so North is always in a different spot.

  3. Use Cardinal & Intermediate Directions to direct the students to a spot in the classroom

  4. Create walking paths in the classroom using the Cardinal & Intermediate Directions on the floor tiles

  5. Students use the directions from the Compass Rose to create an algorithm for their peers to follow

  6. Students create an algorithm with the Cardinal & Intermediate directions for their peers to follow with their eyes closed to reach a target

  7. Using Scratch or Scratch Jr., have the students code the cat to follow directions from the Compass Rose

  8. Make an interactive Compass Rose using the Makey Makey

  9. Practice using the Compass Rose and Cardinal & Intermediate Directions in this Compass Rose Interactive Digital Notebook

  10. Use Google Maps and have the students use a Compass Rose to create a scavenger hunt for a peer

  11. Create a scavenger hunt using Google Maps and the Cardinal & Intermediate directions to find all of the continents. Use the Compass Rose to help navigate Google Maps to the right spots

  12. For any books read that have travel, have the students follow along a map using their Compass Rose.

  13. Navigate points on a Coordinate Grid in Math using a Compass Rose

  14. Use the Compass Rose as an example for fractions

  15. Use Scratch to code a Compass Rose to appear with the Cardinal & Intermediate Directions

  16. Create a maze with painter's tape and use the Compass Rose to direct a peer through it

  17. Use the Cardinal and Intermediate directions to instruct someone how to draw something step-by-step. One student gives directions, the other student draws

  18. Practice geometry by having students instruct each other to draw specific shapes using the Cardinal and Intermediate Directions

  19. Create a song incorporating the directions from the Compass Rose

  20. Use Stop Motion Animation with Legos, PlayDoh, Post-Its, Dry Erase Markers/Boards to make a Compass Rose come alive

  21. Using Google Maps as a guide, students write the directions on how they get to school from their house using the Compass Rose and Cardinal & Intermediate directions

  22. Students choose 5-10 places they would like to visit in the world. They then create a map and use the directions from the Compass Rose to write the directions on how they would travel from place to place. Students swap those directions with a peer and they follow their path on Google Earth or Google Maps to check out each other's destination

  23. Use graph paper and the Cardinal & Intermediate directions to create a cool design. Write down the directions step-by-step. Swap the directions with a partner and see if they can create the exact same design following your directions

  24. Make a hula hoop into a compass rose. Lay it on the ground and call out directions for students to jump to

  25. Create a classroom scavenger hunt and have students use a Compass Rose to help them find thing. (Ex. These thin yellow objects are kept SW of the trash can. What are they?)


Try out some of these ideas and let me know any more ideas you might have in the comments! If you like these ideas, you will like my Make Your Own Compass Rose & my Compass Rose Interactive Digital Notebook. Check them out!

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