Classroom Orienteering

Classroom Orienteering is done in three different lessons in your school and surrounding area. The lessons are usually scheduled in approximately a two week period. Students will learn the basic of compass use and terminology.

Lesson 1 is at least 1.5 hours long and held in the classroom

Lesson 2 is at least 1.5 hours long and held in the gym (if available) or outside

Lesson 3 will take 1.5 hours and be held outside.

Students need to be dressed appropriately to be outside for lesson 2 & 3.

Lesson #1
The students will learn the parts of the compass along with how to use the compass properly. A few short activities will also be done including:

- 8 basic directions
- methods to find directions
- who uses a compass
- nature's compasses
- how it works - magnetic north, true north - declination
- parts of a compass
- how to use a compass
- shooting a bearing
- sighting a bearing

Lesson #2

This lesson will include the pacing component along with some practical compass activities to learn how to travel in a straight line.
- parts of the compass, declination, main directions and degrees
- in gym - pacing over 10 m or outside over 50 m
- creating a pacing chart
In Practice
- geometric shape activity

Lesson #3

Here the students will put their knowledge to use by following a 6 - 8 station course set up by Outdoor Environmental Education staff. Students can also set up their own course and challenge their class mates to complete it.

Compass Course - 5 stations, 2 students at a time


Please feel free to access our Orienteering Resource folder on this google drive: Orienteering Resources


Curriculum Connections   Outcomes Indicators
Grade 6 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