This is a two-part activity for upper elementary students. The first part deals with understanding directional Cardinal Points on a magnetic compass and becoming familiar with those locations in the classroom. Compasses are needed for groups of students to use. Four large letters: N, E, S, and W can be printed on card stock or glued to file folders to tape on classroom walls indicating proper directions.
The second part of the activity shows how one can use an analog (hour and minute hand) watch outside on a sunny day to locate the approximate direction South. Three different visuals can be shown to illustrate the trick. These three drawings can either be transferred to overhead projector sheets or scanned into a computer and projected on the classroom screen.