Fun Interactive Games to teach Navigation Skills
Many people have problems navigating from one place to another. Wouldn’t it be nice if you can learn how to read a map, use a compass, and learn the technology behind a GPS and have fun doing so? Orienteering Made Simple is filled with fun activities that will make the learning experience more enjoyable. This book is designed to show educators and group leaders on how to create quality learning experiences.
Orienteering is an activity that helps in the development of the student in areas such as problem-solving, decision-making, self-reliance, awareness of one’s surroundings, spatial relationships, use of resources, the courage to go beyond the well-known paths, and enhanced self-esteem. This book offers fun activities that teach you how to read maps of the personal spaces in which you play and work, and then use these map skills to find objects, solve problems, and make new discoveries. The activities reinforce math, science, social studies, language arts, and other disciplines making this a must-have book for all educators.
All the activities in the book involve teamwork, problem-solving, and fun learning experiences. Listed are some of the fun activities you will find in the book.
- Memory Game – Place items (pick a number that would be appropriate for the age of participants) in a room and have everyone come and look at the items and try to memorize them in one minute. Go into another area and give the participants a piece of paper and have to try to recall as many items as they can. The big question is did they count how many items there were. This is essential for good map reading skill, knowing what and how many things you are looking for.
- Mystery “O” – Read and orient a map to find hidden clues that will help solve a mystery.
- Satellite Sandwich – Every satellite has a “pay load” which includes the CAMERA, RADIO, ANTENNA, ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT, and FUEL. Divide the group into 4 teams and see if they can collect all the items they need to build their satellite. The fun begins when they realize there are not enough items for every team to build their satellite so they have to steal items from each other.
- Round-Up – Learn the symbols used on all orienteering maps by picking up cards in the proper order based on information they get from the cards they gather. (Similar to a game of concentration).
- School Yard Compass Game – Using a central location where all the barings will be taken from, the participants use a compass to figure out a code.
- Key Pad – Using a telephone keypad made from poly dots, try to figure out the latitude and longitude coordinates that they will need to program a handheld GPS to locate a hidden “cache”.
The book is filled with fun ways to engage students in learning. It also provides information that the instructor will find beneficial such as:
- Classroom/schoolyard preparation
- Map making
- Materials and supplements needed
- Ways to improve
- How to get the students involved in the preparation
- Ideas for the classroom
- Feedback and additional brainstorming
Orienteering Made Simple
By Nancy Kelly
Genre: Education & Teaching, Instruction Methods
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: 1st Book Library