Teaching Resource

Location Maths Investigation - Blackbeard's Bounty

PDF | 7 pages|Grades: 3 - 4 | Starter Sheet

A mathematics investigation about location, embedded in a real-world context.

This open-ended mathematics investigation has been designed to deepen students’ understanding of location.

In this investigation, the students imagine that they are a famous pirate living in the year 1700. During a recent expedition in the Caribbean, they have managed to obtain a map (and accompanying set of directions) leading to the infamous ‘Blackbeard’s Bounty’ – a treasure filled with riches beyond any pirate’s wildest dreams!

The students must create a comprehensive map of the island where Blackbeard’s Bounty is buried, write a list of numbered directions from a starting point on the island to the treasure’s location, then swap their map and list of directions with a friend. Hopefully, their directions will accurately lead to the treasure!

This teaching resource includes:

  • teacher notes, detailing a range of important information about the investigation
  • a detailed description of the investigation for students, including step-by-step instructions
  • brainstorming worksheet
  • grid paper (for the map)
  • scroll (for the directions)
  • reflection questions.

  NSW Curriculum alignment

  Victorian Curriculum alignment

  Australian Curriculum alignment

Teach Starter Publishing
Published by Teach Starter Publishing
We create premium quality, downloadable teaching resources for primary/elementary school teachers that make classrooms buzz!

Comments & Reviews

Write a review to help other teachers and parents like yourself. If you would like to request a change (Changes & Updates) to this resource, or report an error, simply select the corresponding tab above.

Log in or sign up to join the conversation.


Recently did this activity with a group of year 3/4 students who are usually very distracted. They were all engaged with the task, and it occupied them for a large amount of the afternoon.
Great resource!

Emma · May 13th, 2019


Hi Emma,
Thank you for your lovely comment. I am so glad you are enjoying our resources.

Kristian · May 14th, 2019

Suggest a change

Would you like something changed or customized on this resource? While our team evaluates every suggestion, we can't guarantee that every change will be completed.

You must be logged in to request a change. Sign up now!

Report an Error

You must be logged in to report an error. Sign up now!

If any of our resources do not have 100% accurate American English (en-US), simply click on the 'Report an error' tab above to let us know. We will have the resource updated and ready for you to download in less than 24 hours. Read more...


Are you having trouble downloading or viewing this resource? Please try the following steps:

  1. Check that you are logged in to your account
  2. Check that you have a paid subscription
  3. Check that you have installed Adobe Reader (download here)

If you are still having difficulty, please visit the Teach Starter Help Desk or contact us.

Contact us

More time-saving Open-Ended Tasks resources!

Show more Open-Ended Tasks resources