This workjob is an activity about using directions to get from one place to another. The first part of the activity is where the students will practice using directions and the second part is where the students will write out directions. The activity includes a map of a school with pictures, activity cards with directions, a compass rose, game piece, blank note card, and answer key. It is intended for first grade.
This resource has a ton of great worksheet games or activities that will increase my students map skills. I would use these as independent practice or a group activity after teaching them the different parts of a map.
Free - Map Adventures, with 7 lessons, is appropriate for grades K-3. Students will learn basic concepts for visualizing objects from different perspectives and how to understand /and use maps. Be sure to grab the free 15 printables here too that go along with these 7 lesson plans. http://egsc.usgs.gov/isb/pubs/teachers-packets/mapadventures/repro.html
Using the compass on our map, we played a little game! I would draw names and the first person would take the little toy car to their house. The second person I drew would have to explain to the first student how to get to their house (using the cardinal directions). When they arrived, the second person would get the car and I would draw another name. The third person would then explain to the second person how to get to their house. We went until everyone got a turn to drive the car