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How can we tell direction when it is cloudy and neither the sun nor the stars can be seen?

Have you ever seen a compass? It is a box containing a little needle swinging on the top of a pin. When this needle is at rest, one end of it points to the north.

As the needle shows north, it is easy to find the south, the east, or the west.

With the compass as a guide, in the darkest night, the sailor can tell in what direction he is going.

North, south, east, and west are called the chief, or cardinal, points of the compass.

Other directions include:

Northeast: Halfway between north and east

Northwest: Halfway between north and west

Southeast: Halfway between south and east

Southwest: Halfway between south and west

Notebook Work:

1. Copy the sentence - The chief points of the compass are north, south, east, and west.

2. Draw a compass, showing north (N), south (S), east (E), west (W), northeast (NE), northwest (NW), southeast (SE), and southwest (SW).