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How Did Polynesian Wayfinders Navigate the Pacific Ocean?

For Students 3rd - 12th
Imagine sailing around the world, or even around the Pacific Ocean, in an outrigger canoe without the the aid of a GPS? Or a compass? Or even a sextant? The Polynesians did. Find out how with an engaging video that details how they used...
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Compass Reading Comprehension Activity

For Students 4th - 5th
In this compass reading comprehension worksheet, students read a 1 paragraph selection pertaining to compass and then answer 3 multiple choice questions regarding the information
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Arthur Compass Rose

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Keep your class headed in the right direction with this printable compass rose. Large and easy to read with a smiling picture of Arthur in the middle, this resource would make a fun addition to the desk of any primary grade student.
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Direction on the Earth: Using a Compass

For Students 6th - 8th
Navigate the world of orienteering in an informative interactive. Earth science scholars learn practical direction skills, such as proper polar coordinates and pairing compasses with maps. The interactive map allows them to practice...
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The Sun Compass of the Vikings

For Teachers 7th - 10th Standards
Evidence shows the Vikings likely navigated by using a simple sundial to find their course. Videos, a short story, and discussion help bring this time period to life as they study European history with a hands-on experiment. Scholars...
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Make Your Own Compass

For Students 3rd - 5th Standards
Scholars build a compass using a needle, cork, magnet, and a water-filled cup in order to locate the magnetic north and south.
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Compass Points 2

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
If you're looking for a worksheet that enhances the skills of your pupils when using a compass, this one could be for you. Pupils are faced with 12 compass word problems in which they must give a variety of answers regarding degrees,...
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Using Bar Scale and Compass Rose

For Students 4th - 6th
Incorporate the compass rose and bar scale in map studies using this analysis worksheet. A brief introduction gives students context on cardinal directions and the use of ratio on the bar scale. Two maps of Australia are used to answer 6...
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Compass Building Instructions

For Teachers 1st - 12th
Students build their own compass following a given procedure. In this technology lesson plan, students explain how a compass is used in navigation. They trace the history of its development.
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Circle Compass Course

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students practice using a compass for directions. They use a compass to set and walk a designated course. In addition, they discuss careers and recreation that utilize a compass.
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Compass Treasure Hunt

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Students use a compass to guide them to "treasure" while they go on a hunt with their small group. In this lesson about how to use a compass, students follow instructions on their treasure hunt form to find several hidden treasures. They...
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Compass Reading

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Here's a basic lesson on reading a compass. Learn the names of the parts of a compass. Learn how to read a bearing in degrees. Then go outside and follow a course of cones set up on the grass or in a clear area. Starting at one cone,...
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Compass Rose

For Students 3rd - 5th
Keep it simple and visual when practicing directions using this compass rose labeling worksheet. Learners fill in the compass themselves, using cardinal and intermediate direction abbreviations. Consider using their compass on a map to...
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Understanding the Compass

For Teachers 4th
Young geographers view an excellent description of how compasses work, then work in partners to make a compass of their own. There is a heavy religious component in this lesson plan; for example, as closure, the teacher reads a verse...
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Telling Direction - Compass Rose

For Students 3rd - 5th
Keep it simple when practicing directions using this compass rose labeling worksheet. Learners read a brief text describing the cardinal and intermediate directions, then fill in the compass themselves. They can get immediate feedback...
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The Earth and the Compass

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders construct a water compass to investigate the effects of Earth's magnetic field and other sources of magnetism. They predict, observe and draw conclusions from their investigation.
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Introduction to Field Mapping with a Compass and Pace

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students practice using compass and calibrate their own pace, take field measurements of pre-set course with compass and pace, convert measurements into map, using angles and vectors, and make composite class map by adjusting different...
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Construct, Bisect, Duplicate: Geometry Practice with Compass and Straight Edge

For Students 9th - 12th
Geometers employ a straight edge and compass to duplicate and bisect segments and angles, construct perpendiculars, parallel lines, figures, and circles with points of concurrency. Ample practice with 65 questions across 8 worksheets. No...
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Compass Deviation

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students identify and describe the difference between the magnetic north pole and true north. They consider why sailors could not steer a straight course to the New World from the Old.
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Compass Rose Activity

For Students 4th - 6th
Which direction is which? Use this compass rose labeling worksheet to practice with basic directions as learners fill in the compass themselves. They use cardinal and intermediate direction abbreviations. Consider using their compass on...
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Compass Rose

For Students 2nd - 4th
Keep it simple and visual when practicing directions using this compass rose labeling learning exercise. Learners fill in the compass themselves, using cardinal and intermediate direction abbreviations. North is done for them. Consider...
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True North, Magnetic North

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students explain why compass angles need to be corrected for regional magnetic variation. They observe the difference between magnetic and true north. Each student measures the angle of variation for a town in a different state.
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Compass Crusaders

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Pupils discover how to use a compass and how to use that knowledge in the field while applying orienteering and mathematical skills.
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Jordan's Neighborhood: Using a Compass Rose

For Students 1st - 3rd
A neighborhood map is a great way to practice compass rose and key skills! Use these 2 worksheets to introduce these concepts through reading and comprehension activities. First, students look at 3 compasses, circling their favorite and...

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