Classroom Orienteering

In the Classroom Orienteering presentation students will learn the basics of compass use and terminology. This presentation is done in three different lessons in your school and surrounding area, over a period of approximately weeks. 


Lesson 1 - students will learn parts of the compass and how to use it properly. A few short activities will be done including:

  • directions - 8 basic directions, methods to find directions
  • compass -  how it works, who uses one, parts of a compass, nature's compasses
  • bearings - how to use a compass, shooting a bearing, sighting a bearing.

Lesson 2 - this lesson will include the pacing component and learning how to travel in a straight line.

  • review of parts of the compass, declination, main directions and degrees
  • pacing - in gym pacing over 10 m or outside pacing over 50 m, creating a pacing chart
  • in practice - geometric shape activity

Lesson 3 - see below for three options for this lesson:

  • students will put knowledge to use and follow a 6-8 station course set up by Outdoor Ed.
  • students may set up their own course and challenge their classmates to complete it.
  • compass course - 5 stations, 2 students at a time

Length of presentation:

  • 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 will be held outside

Set up:

  • If gym is unavailable for lesson 2, lesson will take place outside.
  • Students need to be dressed appropriately to be outside for lesson 2 & 3.

Related Documents:

Compass Carousel Answer Sheet
Compass Carousel Set Up
Compass Carousel Student Sheets
Compass Rose - blank
Compass Rose - labeled
Direction Activity - Fred
Direction Activity Cartography
Direction Activity - Pig
Geometric Shapes
Orienteering Course Control Card
Parts of a Compass - blank
Parts of a Compass - labeled
Student Pacing Chart


Curriculum Connections  



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
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Grade 7

Social Studies

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  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.
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