Today I was rostered on as one of the parent helpers for the grade 1/2 Project Based Investigation session. The sessions have been run twice a week through out this term and they allow the kids to explore in a more hands on, in depth way some of the concepts and theory they are learning in class.
The aim of the project was to make a wind vane, take the kids outside postion them so their wind vane is pointing in the right direction, that is north is facing north, then as the wind blows the arrow around, the kids determine what direction the wind is blowing.
Unfortunately we couldn’t get the full effect as the constant rain and lack of wind didn’t allow us to properly test out the wind vane.
- Never (North)
- Eat (East)
- Soggy (South)
- Weet Bix (West)
To my surprise none of the children were aware of this and thought it was quite a fab trick to remember the directions.
Compass Directions For Kids
My grade one boy wasn’t in my group and I have taught him the above trick, but decided to extend his knowledge of compass directions. I thought an app would be a perfect way to do this, but found there wasn’t too many aimed for kids. I bought Smudge Compass and Direction for $0.99. It only works on the iPad (not iPhone or iTouch).
- The first where it only has N, E, S, and W on the compass.
- The second has only NE, SE, SW,and NW.
- The third combines all 8 directions N, NE, E, SE, S, SW, W and NW.
The game doesn’t seem to have an end point though. The 7 year old moved Smudge 50 times and it just kept going, asking him to move Smudge in another direction. The game is a good teaching tool, but it is not one that the kids will go back to frequently on their own.
This game also has three levels introducing the directions as noted above for the Smudge game. It too seems to have no end point and the kids just need to keep selecting where Cecliy came from.
The 7 year old caught on to the compass directions quite quickly, so the constant repetition of the game does help cement the learning!
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