Welcome to the Zoo


Posted by Perri Wilkinson | Posted in Area, Coordinates, Geometry, Length, Location, Mapping, Measurement, Money, Multiplication, Perimeter, Projects, Volume | Posted on August 28, 2017

This project covers a range of concepts (area, perimeter, volume, multiplication, money, design, location and shape).

Students are tasked with designing a zoo. They must complete a range of tasks, for example:

  • Create a map of their zoo
  • Create nets and construct a 3D model of their zoo
  • Find the area, perimeter and volume of each enclosure
  • Calculate the cost of building a fence for each enclosure
  • Give directions to get around the zoo
  • Design a logo, entry ticket and zoo keeper uniform

Welcome to the zoo table templates-1qxcgj2

Welcome to the Zoo-2lozh2x

Bike Ride using Cartesian Plane


Posted by Miss Lawrence | Posted in Addition, Angles, Cartesian Plane, Coordinates, Location, Mapping | Posted on June 29, 2016

Have students map out a bike ride that goes for a specific distance (e.g. – 5km).

Additional activities:

  • Listing coordinates of intersections and landmarks
  • Writing directions
  • Calculating the time it would take to complete the bike ride, allowing for walking across roads
  • Investigating height of terrain to see vertical meters covered
  • Measure the angle of turns made

Challenges could also be made as to how much distance is covered in a particular quadrant.

Map attached with Cartesian Plane.

Cartesian Plane – Cranbourne East

Fun Park Project


Posted by lisar | Posted in Location, Mapping | Posted on September 18, 2015

Students develop the concept of location by creating their own fun park. This project is scaffolded to different levels depending on what they are working towards. It includes plotting locations on a  grid map, giving and following directions, co-ordinates, map keys and a compass.


Location Project


Location Language


Posted by lisar | Posted in Location, Mapping | Posted on September 17, 2015

rosies walk

  1. Read Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins with students (there is also a you tube version online) and brainstorm location words used.
  2. Demonstrate drawing a picture of students in one corner and an x in the opposite corner to show where the walk will finish.
  3. Students draw themselves and the ‘x’ where they will finish and then draw different things they might see on their walk elsewhere on the page e.g. The playground, their friends house or the shops.
  4. Students draw a path showing where they went on their walk and label using different location words.
  5. Students share their walk with a partner using location words to describe the path they took o their walk.

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.

Design your own Theme Park


Posted by lisar | Posted in Mapping | Posted on August 15, 2014

A project where students develop their mapping skills whilst designing a theme park! Covers grid references and keys.


theme park


theme park project yr 3

My Theme park questions

Mapping Grid


Posted by lisar | Posted in Mapping | Posted on August 15, 2014

A grid reference template with a key for students to create their own map.

map template

Grid map

Plan a Road Trip Project


Posted by lisar | Posted in Addition, Capacity, Mapping, Measurement, Money, Projects | Posted on August 15, 2014

A project where students plan a road trip for the holiday. Concepts covered: creating a budget, money, mapping, measurement.


road trip

Road Trip maths task

Mapping Introduction and Project


Posted by lisar | Posted in Mapping, Projects | Posted on August 15, 2014

A project where students plan a day out in Melbourne. Concepts covered: reading grid references, using compass points, writing directions, using key features on a map, using a scale to calculate distance.

mapping project





Posted by lisar | Posted in Mapping | Posted on August 15, 2014

A template to play the game ‘Battleships’ when teaching grid references with your students.




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