teaching resource

Cardinal Directions Worksheet for First Grade

Teach Starter Publishing
PDF | 3 pages | Grades: 1 - 4

Use cardinal directions to create a simple town map with this 2-page cut-and-paste activity sheet.

This free map worksheet is best used as independent practice after your first-grade map skills lesson involving cardinal directions. 

Students will cut out the landmarks on page 2. They will use the clues on page 1 to place the landmarks in the correct positions on the map.

Through this activity, 1st grade students will show they understand how to find the location of physical features and man-made structures by interpreting descriptions, symbols, and geographic vocabulary. It’s perfect for your Me on the Map Unit!

Free Cardinal Directions Worksheet: Scaffolding & Extension Tips 

In addition to individual student work time, use this geography worksheet as a:

  • Post-lesson exit ticket 
  • Homework assignment
  • Whole-class review (via smartboard)

Got fast finishers? After creating the map, students can write 1-2 extra clues and add their own buildings to the map.

Students should refer to the compass as a visual reminder if they are having trouble with the activity.

A Variety of Ways to Prepare This Resource

Because this resource includes an answer sheet, we recommend you print one copy of the entire file. Then, make photocopies of the blank worksheet for students to complete.

Additionally, project the worksheet onto a screen and work through it as a class by reading the clues out loud and moving them in place through choral response. 

Before You Download

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or Google Slides version of this resource. An answer key is also included with this download.

Get more handy worksheets here!  


This resource was created by Nicole Ellis, a teacher in New York and Teach Starter Collaborator. 

Don’t stop there! We’ve got more activities to help you cut down on lesson planning time:  

Image of Cardinal Directions PowerPoint

teaching resource

Cardinal Directions PowerPoint

An editable PowerPoint to use when teaching your students about cardinal directions.

Teach Starter Publishing1 pageGrades: 1 - 2
Image of Free Map Skills Worksheet- Using Cardinal Directions

teaching resource

Free Map Skills Worksheet- Using Cardinal Directions

A worksheet to practice using cardinal directions.

Teach Starter Publishing1 pageGrades: 2 - 3
Image of Pirate Mapping Skills Worksheet

teaching resource

Pirate Mapping Skills Worksheet

A worksheet to use when learning about basic mapping skills.

Teach Starter Publishing1 pageGrades: 1 - 3

0 Comments

Write a review to help other teachers and parents like yourself. If you'd like to request a change to this resource, or report an error, select the corresponding tab above.

Login to comment