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Students use specialized maps and orienteering maps to find the locations of hidden checkpoints throughout an area.


  • Maps

  • Spatial awareness


  • Maps of Space:

    • Hand Drawn

    • Orienteering Map

  • (Traffic) Cones

  • Timing Equipment

    • SI Cards

    • SI Boxes

    • SI Printer & Download

  • Answer Key


Orienteers are good at using maps to find things. Reflect on the skills used in the previous week. The students had to match images of a space to real life. They will be doing the same this week, only the images look different. 


Epunch Tag: Students dart in and out of a tag zone to collect as many checkpoints as possible while the teacher guards the checkpoints within the area. If the teacher tags a student, then that student must clear their card and loses all their checkpoints, then starts again.


Map Progression - Students will use hand-drawn (orthographic projection) maps to find hidden checkpoints. They will do this several ways, and then move on to a real orienteering map.


  • How are the maps different from last week?

  • Which map was easier to understand? Why?

  • What is something good about each map?

  • Why might we want to use a map using symbols instead of pictures?


Sketching out a map of the space can be very difficult, but made much easier with a few shortcuts. To start, we recommend using Google maps or an aerial image to help sketch an outline of the space, and any large features within. Then move on to other distinct features, such as benches, fences, and so on. Wrap up by sketching very basic trees or other objects. They do not have to look realistic as long as they can by identified by the students. With common/abundant objects such as trees or bushes, you do not need to match the exact number (unless you plan to use an individual tree). Simply filling the space with scattered trees or bushes will suffice.

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