How do you find out which direction is north? With a compass!
As a part of your middle school geography lessons, teach your children how to make a compass using materials found around the house. They can use it to determine “north” using magnetic declination (the difference between geographic north and magnetic north).
Since every map has a compass rose, you’re bound to come across plenty of compass rose activities during your geography studies. Making a homemade compass is an excellent hands-on activity your older kids can do to get familiar with this common tool.
This printable will walk you through the process of creating a compass and help them learn the terminology associated with the compass rose (ordinal directions).
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