# Compass Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Using a compass is a great life skill for students. This lesson plan teaches students the parts and purpose of a compass, then applies this knowledge to active use before checking understanding with a quiz.

## Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

• identify parts of a compass
• explain the purpose of using a compass
• use a compass to determine direction

1 - 1.5 hours

## Materials

• Copies of the lesson How to Use a Compass: Lesson for Kids, one for each student
• Compasses, one for each student
• Plastic lids from jars like mayonnaise or peanut butter, or small shallow bowls
• Water
• Needles
• Magnet
• Cork
• Paper
• Colored pencils

## Key Vocabulary

• Geomagnetic field

## Curriculum Standards

• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.1

Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3

Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.

• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.

## Warm Up and Preparation

• Prepare for the lesson by choosing a place, such as your classroom, school building, playground or nearby park, and having students sketch a map of this area.
• Ask them to include details. For example, if you choose the playground, have students sketch in play equipment, trees, bushes, and the trash cans.
• Once back in the classroom, review directionality concepts of north, south, east and west with students.

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