This game can be used to teach or reinforce cardinal (North, East, South, and West) directionality. Teachers of older students might adapt the game to reinforce cardinal and intermediate (Northeast, Southeast, Southwest, Northwest) directions.
Students learn the cardinal (North, East, South, and West) and/or intermediate (Northeast, Southeast, Southwest, and Northwest) directions.
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Prior to using this game, students should be familiar with the cardinal directions. If students are young and just learning those directions, you might label the walls of your classroom to reflect the actual directions those walls face: North, East, South, and West. Students who are familiar with the cardinal directions of the room might not need that support.
All of my students love this easy game. Its quick to do, quiet, and it teaches directions at the same time. They even choose this game over "Seven Up."
Adapt the Game
Later in the year, we label the corners Northeast, Southeast, Southwest, and Northwest. Students choose one of eight places (four corners, four walls) to stand and "It calls out one of the eight directions.
A teacher can quickly observe which students know their directions and which need further reinforcement.
Submitted ByGay Harrod, Washington Intermediate School in Piqua, Ohio
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