Have you completed the Mad About Maps activity sheet yet?
If so, you may have mastered the art of using a compass! Humans have developed many ways to tell directions including maps, compass and GPS.
But without these methods, could you tell which was is north? You may have heard some tips to look out for in nature, such as:
– More moss will grow on the north side of a tree
– Spiders create webs on the south side of trees
– Snow will melt slower on the north side of a hill
While these can sometimes be true, this is not always a reliable way of telling direction.
|by Meneer Zjeroen|
You can tell directions easily in the early morning and evening since the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. Try out these two activities to tell direction without the use of a compass!
The Shadow Method
Materials: 1meter long stick, large sunny area, two rocks.
Go outside on a sunny day. Put the stick into the ground and mark, using a rock, where the tip of the shadow is. After 15 minutes, come back and place another rock to where the shadow moved to. The first rock marks the west, and the second marks east.
Next, draw a line between these two point. You can use string, a line in dirt, etc to do this. Draw another straight line through the centre of your first line, at 90 degrees. This is north and south!