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.
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NSW Curriculum alignment
Position - uses simple maps and grids to represent position and follow routes, including using compass directions
Victorian Curriculum alignment
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