1. Students examine and discuss different compass rose designs found on maps and in atlases.

2. Why is a compass rose displayed on maps ?  (The compass rose has been used to indicate direction for over 600 years.)

3. What are cardinal directions?  (North, South, East, West)

4. What are ordinal directions? (NE, NW, SE, SW)

5. Students design their own compass rose incorporating both  cardinal and ordinal directions.

6. Each student selects a QSL card from the class collection.

7. Using their compass rose and a desktop or wall  world map, learning buddy pairs take turns giving cardinal and ordinal directions from one QSL Card location to the other QSL Card location.

8. Where in the world did the learning buddies “travel” with their QSL Cards and how did they get there?






©Natasha Bochkov, M.C.S., Martin Bayes, Ph.D., and Donna LaRoche, M.Ed.

The Compass Rose:  Designs and Directions

By Donna LaRoche


An assortment of maps and atlas books

QSL Cards

Drawing paper, markers, crayons, colored pencils

Compass Rose Templates at and/or