This lesson corresponded to a lot of my student's studies in math and social studies which was great.
They are currently studying fractions and by designing our compasses by thinking in terms of 1/4's and 1/8's this really established a strong connection.
We discussed the purpose of a compass and a compass rose, where and why they are used, and how far back in history they have been used.
Students had to accurately show the viewer where the cardinal and intermediate directions on their compass were by pointing to the 8 directions. The use of the corresponding letters (NEWS) was optional.
They also had to use a ruler and demonstrate purposely use of texture.