Monday, October 29, 2012

Cardinal Directions


On a map, if you see the letters N, E, S, W they stand for North, East, South, West.
Those are called the cardinal directions, and they are used to tell where something is at on a map.
cardinal
(From: Wikipedia - cardinal direction)

So if you are in Michigan, you might say that it's very cold up North and very warm down South.
New York is to the East, and California is to the West.

A fun way to remember the letters is the sentence: Never Eat Soggy Waffles!

world map

(From: Wikipedia - world map)

You can use a special tool called a compass to figure out which way is North, no matter where you are!

compass
(From: Wikipedia - compass)