Create a Compass

Historically, humans have used many methods of finding due north. Using a hands-on activity, learners create their own compasses. They then test their compasses in their neighborhood or to assist with stargazing.

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Instructional Ideas
  • After creating the compasses, have pupils complete a scavenger hunt from a set of directions
  • Incorporate the activity when studying magnetic fields
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires a specific set of materials and time for preparation
  • Ensure students have materials at home if assigning as a remote learning activity
Pros
  • Provides a thorough set of instructions
  • Includes a brief history of the compass
Cons
  • None
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