Activity Introduction

Outdoor Learning – Mapping Natural Treasures – Mathematics – Year 5

Lesson summary

During this lesson students learn about mapping and the value of natural elements within their immediate environment. They work with a partner to create a map of the playground, which others use as a guide in order to find natural ‘treasures’ within the space.

Learning intentions:

Students will:

  • create a map
  • successfully follow directions

Success Criteria:

Students can:

  • consider what is a natural treasure
  • understand how to use a grid system for a map
  • understand how to use a legend or key system for a map
  • write clearly and concisely

Lesson details

  • Communication
  • Critical thinking

Australian Curriculum (v9.0) content descriptions – Mathematics

Students learn to:

construct a grid coordinate system that uses coordinates to locate positions within a space; use coordinates and directional language to describe position and movement (AC9M5SP02)

General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking,Personal and Social Capability.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability

Relevant parts of Year 5 achievement standards:

By the end of Year 5, students use grid coordinates to locate and move positions.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – the teacher facilitates discussions, acts in character, demonstrates new concepts and assists students as necessary.


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Teacher Worksheet

Outdoor Learning - Mapping Natural Treasures - Mathematics - Year 5

Teacher content information

Outdoor learning information:

Outdoor Learning Series:


Teacher instructions

Work through this resource material in the following sequence:

  • 10 minutes - Tune in: Nature’s Treasures
  • 15 minutes - Find out: Making Maps
  • 25 minutes - Take action: Directions

Tune in: Nature’s Treasures

Step 1. If you aren't already outside, take the class to your outdoor learning space. Review outdoor learning rules and the benefits of outdoor learning with students, including potential hazards and actions to take in the event of hazards.

Step 2. Discuss:

  • What is treasure? Invite students to think of the word 'treasure' and share any images that spring to mind when they hear this word (e.g. gold,
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