Norte, sur, este y oeste / North, South, East and West

In this lesson students learn the concept of north, south, east and west as they find and name things on a map.

Introduction (5 minutes)

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  • Place the direction flashcards in a jar or container.
  • Pull out a card and read it to the students.
  • Ask the students to point and name something that is in that direction.
  • Continue with the remainder of the cards.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)

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  • Display the Town Map worksheet.
  • Show the students north, south, east, and west on the map.
  • Using the sentences on the bottom of the map and a paper doll, demonstrate how the students can find the direction and name the directions of north, south, east, and west.

Independent Working Time (15 minutes)

  • Direct the students to use the map as a model and to create their own maps on a piece of white drawing paper or construction paper.
  • Ask the students to draw arrows on the map and then write sentences about movement and direction on the map. For example, students could write: The playground is north of the post office.
  • As needed, provide additional modeling and sentence examples.

Technology Integration

  • Use an online map to help students explore more about the cardinal directions.
  • Guide students in locating your location, and help them explore places that are to the north, south, east, and west of that location.

Related Books and/or Media

  • Up North and Down South by Doreen Gonzales
  • There’s a Map on my Lap by Tish Rabe
  • The Compass Rose and Cardinal Directions by Caitlin McAneney


Assessment (5 minutes) 

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  • Use the Cardinal Directions worksheet to assess students’ knowledge of directions.
  • Read the questions aloud to students, and ask them to write the answer beside each question.

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