North, South, East, West

Weather vanes like this one spin around to tell us which way the wind is blowing. North, south, east, or west, weather vanes catch the slightest breeze to point straight into the wind. And since winds are named for the direction from which they blow, anyone looking at this little fellow rowing due south would know that there's a south wind blowing. Happy rowing!

If I want to know which way the wind is blowing I just look at my tail.

Photography Credit: Dynamic Graphics Group/Creatas/Alamy Images

Vocabulary

direction:
A direction is somewhere you can look or point or go. North, south, east, and west are directions.

east:
East is a direction. The sun rises in the east. East is the opposite of west.

north:
North is a direction. If you look where the sun rises, north is on your left.

south:
South is a direction. It is the opposite of north. If you look at where the sun rises, south is to your right.

west:
West is a direction. The sun sets in the west. West is the opposite of east.

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Activity

  1. Draw a picture showing the path of a boat's journey across the ocean. The boat is starting from one land and traveling east to another land. The boat does not go in a straight line across the ocean. The wind is blowing the boat all over the ocean. First the wind blows the boat to the east. Then the wind blows the boat very far north. Then another wind blows the boat to the south. Then another wind blows the boat to the west. Another wind blows the boat south again. Finally a wind blows the boat to the east. Draw a dotted line to show the boat's journey across the ocean.