Wolf Ridge

Competitive Orienteering


Outdoor Recreation Skills
| 4th Grade - Adult
| Half Day 3 hrs
| Difficult

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Students will spend about 45 minutes in the classroom to review and learn compass skills.  Topographical map reading will be introduced.  Then students will be shown how to use the map and compass together.  The class will travel to the start of a competitive orienteering course.  After safety instructions are given, students will apply their newly acquired skills to locate off-trial control points.

Class Outline

I. Introduction

A. Greeting/Grabber

B. Learn Names

C. Behavior Guidelines

D. Class Overview

E. Assess Learner Level

II. History

III. Compass Skills 

A. Parts

B. Holding

C. Taking a Bearing

IV. Map Skills 

A. Using a legend

B. Contour Lines

V. Map and Compass Together

A. Orienteering the Map

B. Taking a Bearing from the Map

VI. The Course

VII. Conclusion and Return

A. Review

B. Relevance

C. Stewardship

Concepts and Outcomes

CONCEPTS:

  • Problem solving, decision making and risk assessment are skills which empower us to reach goals.
  • A positive attitude improves situations.
  • We all have potential for physical activity and can improve our skills with patience and practice.
  • Outdoor experiences and behaviors help develop an outdoor ethic.

OUTCOMES:

Upon completion of the Adventure Ropes class students will be able to:

  1. Orient a topographical map using a compass or land formations.
  2. Take a bearing from a map.
  3. Interpret the terrain on a topographical map between two points and determine the best path of travel.
  4. Travel to control points and return to the starting point at the end of class.
  5. Relate a natural history highlight experienced while off trail.

 

Standards Supported

MN Social Studies Standards Grade Code
Create and use various kinds of maps, including overlaying thematic maps, of places in the United States, and also Canada or Mexico; incorporate the “TODALS” map basics, as well as points, lines and colored areas to display spatial information. 4 4.3.1.1.1
Create and use various kinds of maps, including overlaying thematic maps, of places in the North American colonies; incorporate the “TODALS” map basics, as well as points, lines and colored areas to display spatial information. 5 5.3.1.1.1
Create and use various kinds of maps, including overlaying thematic maps, of places in the North American colonies; incorporate the “TODALS” map basics, as well as points, lines and colored areas to display spatial information. 6 6.3.1.1.1
Create and use various kinds of maps, including overlaying thematic maps, of places in the North American colonies; incorporate the “TODALS” map basics, as well as points, lines and colored areas to display spatial information. 7 7.3.1.1.1

 

Extension Activities

Writing Prompts

How were you and your team able to overcome challenges to be successful?  How could you use these same skills in the rest of your life?

What types of challenges might you come across when trying to navigate unknown territory?

 

Additional Resources

Build your own compass!

Orienteering Lesson Plans: A comprehensive unit of orienteering lesson plans geared toward advanced students and high schoolers.