cardinal directions


Direction

Cardinal points: north, south, east, and west.

Direction is the pathway along which an object is moving.  Direction is also the location of a feature based on the position of another feature. Definitions of Direction Cardinal Directions and Ordinal Directions Learn about the four points of the compass. Geocentric Direction Systems Not all culture understand direction the […]

Relative Direction Versus Compass Direction

Left, right, forward(s), backward(s), up, and down are relative directions.Left, right, forward(s), backward(s), up, and down are relative directions.

When somebody asks for directions in order to get from point A to point B, the answer can be provided in one of two ways: relative direction or compass direction.  A person providing relative directions will use commons terms such as left, right, forward, backward, up, and down.  For example, you may ask the way to […]

Understanding Direction Based on the Sun

The sun rises in the east and sets in the west.

This lesson plan introduces the concept of direction to young children by using the location of the sun in order to understand where east, west, north, and south are located. Level: Kindergarten – First Grade Time: 30 minutes Materials: Paper and pencil How the Sun Shows Direction The way to a […]

Cardinal Directions and Ordinal Directions

Compass rose showing cardinal, ordinal, and secondary-intercardinal directions.Compass rose showing cardinal, ordinal, and secondary-intercardinal directions.

Cardinal directions are the four main points of a compass: north, south, east, and west which are also known by the first letters: N,S,E, and W.  These four directions are also known as cardinal points.  A cardinal direction can also be referred to by first using the word “due”.  For […]