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Using Cardinal and Intermediate Directions Worksheet

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 1 page | Grades: 3 - 4

Use cardinal and intermediate directions to determine locations around the United States with a map reading worksheet.

This worksheet is best used as independent practice after your social studies lesson. 

Students will use a labeled map of the United States to answer questions about the direction and location of different places within the country.

Through this activity, students will show they understand how to use cardinal and intermediate directions to locate and navigate a map of the United States of America.

Cardinal Directions Worksheet: Scaffolding & Extension Tips 

In addition to individual student work time, use this geography worksheet as a:

  • Post-lesson exit ticket 
  • Homework assignment
  • Whole-class review (via smartboard)

Got fast finishers? After completing the exercise, have students write their own clues to different locations around the world.

Students should refer to the compass as a visual reminder if they are having trouble with the activity.

A Variety of Ways to Prepare This Resource

Because this resource includes an answer sheet, we recommend you print one copy of the entire file. Then, make photocopies of the blank worksheet for students to complete.

Additionally, project the worksheet onto a screen and work through it as a class by reading the clues out loud and moving them in place through choral response. 

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This resource was created by Beth Hindi a teacher in Texas and Teach Starter Collaborator.

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