Finding Your Way

One of the most important skills in orienteering is learning how to use a map and compass. Even with new technologies, a map and compass are much less likely to fail and cannot run out of batteries. There are two parts to this field study. The first half of the day will be spent on a compass course. The students will be divided into groups and sent out from a starting point in five minute intervals. The compass course contains 10 stations, and the groups will compete for the quickest time. The other half of the day will be spent on a map course. The students will navigate in groups through the valley using a compass and an aerial photo of the area trying to locate markers of various point values. The more markers they find in the allotted time, the more points their team will receive.

Day of the Trip
Students should be on the bus and ready to leave the school by 9:15 in the morning if possible. The full day will be spent at Crooked Valley. Students and teachers will need to pack a healthy lunch with plenty of liquids. Details of what materials to bring will be discussed in the class visit. See below for Outdoor Field Trip Student Checklist.

Curriculum Connections   Outcomes Indicators
Grade 6 Social Studies
DR6.3 Appraise the strategies that human societies have used to orient themselves within time and place in the natural environment
  Phys Ed

PE6.10 Apply controlled use of selected movement skills and variations (i.e., locomotor, non-locomotor, and manipulative skills) as well as safe and environmentally friendly behaviors while participating in a variety of:

alternative environment activities

  Phys Ed PE6.13 Analyze and apply safety guidelines and rules that apply to the target games, invasion/territorial games, and alternate environment activities to develop an appreciation of their impact on self and others. D
Grade 7 Social Studies DR7.1 Analyze and use various types of maps(that provide differing perspectives and information for differing purposes) in order to situate current issues in Canada, and in a selection of Pacific Rim and northern circumpolar countries D,E
  Phys Ed

PE7.9 Utilize selected movement skills and combinations of skills (i.e., locomotor, non-locomotor, and manipulative) to participate in a variety of:

Alternate environment activities

  Phys Ed PE7.14 Examine, evaluate, and represent both the historical and present impact of Canada's Northern people on the development of movement activity options as a means of supporting the well-being of self and others. C,D
Finding Your Way Student Pacing Chart21.18 KB
Finding Your Way Pre and Post Information26.5 KB
Outdoor Field Trip Student Checklist 76 KB