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Geography Task - Treasure Maps!

HOME LEARNING - SUMMER TERM WEEK 2 - GEOGRAPHY

 

Create "Ye Olde Pirate Treasure Mappe!"

 

Back in class, we have been looking at how to create both desk and class maps as a way of introducing the skills of compass points, keys, keeping to scale (the right size) and grid references (co-ordinates).

 

So let's have some fun putting these skills to practice by making your very own Pirate Treasure Map! CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW FOR SOME IDEAS

 

STEP 1 - TEA-STAINED PAPER

There are various ways to do this using old soggy tea bags. It is up to you whether you want a smooth even finish or something a bit more blotchy. You can let it dry and add more layer to darken it if you wish.

 

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW to watch a YouTube video for one method.

 

Remember that the paper may go a bit crinkly when it dries, so you may need to press it under some heavy books (once it dries!) to make it nice and flat before using.

 

NOTE: If you want to add GRID LINES, you can print off my "Treasure Map Blank Grid" and tea-stain this to help you out

 

STEP 2 - THE MAP OUTLINE

Practice on a scrap of paper some interesting island outlines, then re-draw onto the tea-stained paper. Make sure there is space for the compass rose and key.

 

STEP 3 - THE CREEPY LANDSCAPE

A pirate map always seems to be filled with strange and bizarre landscape features to scare away treasure thieves. They often use ALLITERATION, with words that have the same starting sound:

  • Fearsome Forest
  • Deadly Desery
  • Scary Swamp
  • Monstrous Mountains ... and so on

 

Have some fun drawing and labeling these features ... and don't forget to put a few around the island too, such as a shipwreck, reef or sharks!

 

STEP 4 - FINISHING DETAILS

Almost there. Now add:

  • Compass (all 8 points)
  • Key (if needed for things like rivers, forest, desert etc...)
  • Bit of faded colour
  • Maybe a scale line (e.g. 1cm on you map = 1km in real life)
  • OPTIONAL ... with adult help and supervision, you could rip or even slightly singe (burn) the edges to make it look properly ancient

 

Now take a picture and sent it to your teacher to post on our 'Pirate Treasure Map Photo Gallery'

 

 

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