Treasure Mapping


Posted by Mrs Walsh | Posted in Mapping | Posted on December 3, 2014

Students are supplied grid paper (size depending on level) and are given instructions to design their own treasure map.  They then decide on a location to hide their treasure, but do not mark it on their map.  They then need to give their map to a classmate and provide them with the directions to find the treasure.

I have used this task with Grade 1 students and these are the instructions they were given (the instructions, of course, can be adapted to suit your level).

All maps had to include:

  • a lake
  • a building
  • trees
  • mountains
  • a cave

Some students wrote their directions down step-by-step, others gave their directions verbally.  We had a strong focus on vocabulary so the students were using words such as left, right, up, down, counting the number of squares on the grid (3 squares to the left) and as extension some students included a compass and gave directions North, South, East and West.  Some students designed islands like a traditional treasure map, others did city maps or school maps and there was one that began on land and then journeyed out to sea to an underwater city.  All students had to find one other persons treasure and help someone else find their treasure.

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