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Treasure Island

Grade Work Samples
Midway through Stage 3 (end of Year 5)
Grade D Dale   Jamie  
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Foundation Statement strands

The following strands are covered in this activity:

Working Mathematically, Space and Geometry

Description of activity

Students draw a ‘Treasure Island’ map and mark where the treasure is hidden. They create a scale and a compass rose. Students draw a grid and put coordinates on their map. They write a set of directions, using compass points and grid coordinates, to the location of the hidden treasure on their map. Students exchange maps and follow the directions to find the treasure. They then modify their directions if required.

Suggested materials

Blank paper, grid paper, pencils

Prior learning

Students have found places on maps using coordinates and have used a map to plan a route. They have drawn and labelled a grid on a map and used a scale to calculate the distance between two points on a map.

Board of Studies NSW, Mathematics K–6 Sample Units of Work, p 156


Space and Geometry (SGS3.3)
Uses a variety of mapping skills.
Communicating (WMS3.3)
Describes and represents a mathematical situation in a variety of ways using mathematical terminology and some conventions.

Criteria for assessing learning

Students will be assessed on their ability to:

  • draw a map using a scale and a compass rose
  • draw a grid and put coordinates on the map
  • use compass points and grid coordinates to write directions to a location on the map.
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