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How to Introduce High School Kids to an O Map?

Show Profile  Rolf Posted: 19 March 2017, 4:41 PM  
I am working with a local school to setup an Orienteering module within the PE curriculum. Much to my surprise they are going to put each through 6 classes of Orienteering.
It is a big campus so we are going to have a go at using http://www.iorienteering.com/ to run increasingly challenging courses each lesson.

The first lesson will be some sort of map introduction lesson. I can't be there, so this needs to be setup so the PE teachers can do it.
I envisage some simple exercises that help them get familiar with the map and learn what the various symbols mean.

Any suggestions?

Show Profile  Rolf Posted: 19 March 2017, 4:44 PM  
In the first paragraph, I meant to say...
... put each Year 9 class through 6 sessions of Orienteering...

Show Profile  Bryan Posted: 20 March 2017, 1:50 PM  
Try the resources pages on our national website.

In particular the Kiwi-O-Manual designed for teaching in schools and it has several activities.

https://www.orienteering.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Kiwi-O-Manual-2014-v2.pdf

Show Profile  Rolf Posted: 26 March 2017, 9:19 AM  
The ONZ website has a link to a South African O Federation page. Under the development section there is a resource called "O in a Box"

It has heaps of useful info and resources.

Show Profile  fraser Posted: 26 March 2017, 10:32 PM  
I've found students get familiar with the school map pretty quickly and don't really navigate to the controls. They just look at the map and know it is over by the library or around the back of the art block and then just run there.

However setting a corridor exercise forces them to read the map the whole way. I normally put 3 or 4 controls out somewhere along the corridor. They can clip the controls to see if they get them all or just make them remember how many they find which seems surprisingly hard for people to remember. And a further challenge is show where they actually were. Plus you can put extra controls out that aren't in the corridor as decoys.

E.g. http://maps.orienteering.co.nz/show_map.php?user=Fraser&map=57

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