When you look at a map, you might see arrows (the "compass rose") labeled "N, W, S, E." These tell you which way the map is oriented in relation to the world -- which way is north, south, east, and west!
Further informationLuckily we have tools to help us with our directions. For example, a compass uses a magnetized needle to point to the north. We also have maps that point us in the right direction.And we must not forget about nature’s clues! The sun rises in the east and sets in the west. Are you looking at a sunset? If so, then you’re facing west!
ExplorationDo you need a little help remembering the names of the cardinal directions? By taking the first letter of each direction and using these letters to create other memorable words, you can give your brain a hint (or four)! Try saying the following phrase: Nine Silly Eagles Wiggling! Now think of the letter at the start of each word. “Nine” starts with “n,” which stands for “north.” “Silly” starts with “s,” which stands for “south.” “Eagles” starts with “e,” which stands for “east.” And I’ll bet you can guess which direction the “w” in “wiggling” stands for!
You can also try to remember the difference between east and west by knowing that when you're pointing north, their initials spell "WE"!
Sources & links
“Cardinal Directions and the Compass Rose.” worldatlas. Graphic Maps. 23 Jun. 2011. Leveson, David J. “Direction: The Meaning of North, South, East and West ”“ and How to Find Them.” academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu. David J. Leveson, 2000. 23 Jun. 2011.