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Cardinal Directions

Use a digital camera to help students discover the cardinal directions.


  • Students will know and recognize cardinal directions.


  • Go outside with the students and take pictures of landmarks (buildings, trees, playground equipment, etc) on the north, south, east and west sides of the school grounds.
  • Download the pictures into a computer.
  • Print the pictures.
  • Have the students cut out the pictures and glue them onto a file folder in their respective places and label them. They can use a compass to return to the landmark to see in which direction it lies.
  • The teacher should also print a large picture of each landmark, hang them in their respective places in the classroom, and label them with large letters.

Sunshine State Standards

  • SS.B.1.1.2
  • VA.A.1.1.1

NETS Profiles for Technology Literate Students

  • Use input devices (e.g., mouse, keyboard, remote control) and output devices (e.g., monitor, printer) to successfully operate computers, VCRs, audiotapes, and other technologies.
  • Use a variety of media and technology resources for directed and independent learning activities.
  • Work cooperatively and collaboratively with peers, family members, and others when using technology in the classroom.
  • Use technology resources (e.g., puzzles, logical thinking programs, writing tools, digital cameras, drawing tools) for problem solving, communication, and illustration of thoughts, ideas, and stories.


  • Digital cameras
  • File folders
  • Large letters
  • Compass


  • Students can use their "compass" on a scavenger hunt.
  • Use in combination with Cardinal Directions in the Classroom.

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