How to use a Compass

By: Rebecca Lee

What is a Compass?

A compass is used to find your way. A compass has a magnetic needle, that always points towards the North or South Pole, depending on if you are on the Northern or Southern Hemisphere.

Using a Compass

Compasses in the Northern Hemisphere work a little bit differently then compasses in the Southern Hemisphere. In the Northern Hemisphere the red tip of the needle points towards the North Pole. But, in the Southern Hemisphere the needle always faces the South Pole. So, no matter what direction you're facing the needle of your compass will always face the same direction.
How to Use a Compass
The Cardinal Directions Geography Song
Also something helpful for using a compass is already knowing your directions:)
The Compass Slide

Here is also a fun dance to get you in the mood for some learning on compasses and directions! :)