Teach your kids about the directions and the compass rose with this free printable compass rose worksheet.
Label the cardinal directions (north, south, east, west) and the intercardinal (a.k.a ordinal) directions (northeast, northwest, southeast, southwest).
Cut out the labels, and paste them in their proper slots to complete the compass rose.
The answer key is on the second page of the pdf.
Teachers's TipInclude this compass rose worksheet as part of a social studies or geography homework assignment, or as part of a social studies summer packet.
Page Count: 2
Format: 8.5x11, PDF, Portrait
Did You Know?The first magnetic compass was most likely invented in China around 260 B.C.E.
Around 1190 A.D., the compass first appears in the Western Europe and the Islamic World. A compass always points to magnetic north, which is different from the geographic, or geodetic north.
"North" comes from the root "ner", which means "to the left of the rising sun."
"East" comes from a word for dawn.
"South" comes from the root "seethe, to boil."
"West" comes from a word for evening.
Source: Wikipedia: Cardinal Directions.
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