Outdoor Learning - Mapping a Secret Garden

Outdoor Learning - Mapping a Secret Garden

Lesson 7 of 8 in this unit

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  • Primary
  • Year 5
  • Mathematics
  • Area and Perimeter
  • Graphs and data
  • Social
  • Outdoor Learning
  • ...

Lesson summary

Students learn about mapping and the value of natural elements within their immediate environment. They design a school ‘secret garden’ to improve environmental awareness and encourage creative play.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • create a map.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • understand how to use a grid system for a map
  • understand how to use a legend or key system for a map.

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Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum (v9.0) content descriptions:

Years 5 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.

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This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:

  • communication
  • creativity

Additional info

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

This lesson is designed to be taught outside. It contains all the tools required for students to reap the benefits of being outdoors while learning the outcomes of the Australian Curriculum. By spending time outdoors and connecting to nature, students are more likely to care for and conserve nature as adults.

Related professional learning

Introduction to Secondary STEM

Quick summary: This course will help you understand the essential foundations of STEM teaching and learning and provide opportunities to help build knowledge, skills and confidence to take on STEM in your classroom. 

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