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Learning objects Sea rescue: plotting the course


Help a rescue crew to reach a sinking boat. Make a chart to guide the crew. Check the meaning of symbols, place them on a map and complete a key. Mark danger spots such as an oyster bed and submerged rock. Use the map to steer a safe course.

Tags: SOSE

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students identify and name a map and a key.
  • Students identify the content, structure, features and images of a map and key, and link these to their purpose, audience and context.
  • Students identify the symbolic, graphic, pictorial and diagrammatic conventions used in maps and keys.
  • Students make connections and explain relationships between different parts of a map.
Educational value
  • Introduces the audience and purpose for maps and symbols.
  • Includes nautical maps and a range of symbols.
  • Illustrates the connection between symbols in a key and their positioning on a map.
  • Provides meanings for difficult words.
  • Provides text and visual feedback on positioning and interpretation of symbols.
Year level

4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9

Learning area
  • english
  • English/Language
    • English/Illustrations
    • English/Comprehension
    • English/Brief texts
    • English/Critical literacy
    • English/Symbols
    • Knowledge;
    • Comprehension;
    • Application
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Modelling;
    • Comprehension activity
    Learning design
    • Experiential learning;
    • Independent learning;
    • Problem solving;
    • Visual learning

    Other details

    • Technical implementer
    • Script writer
    • Name: Alwyn Evans
    • Organisation: The Literary Institute
    • Address: Yanchep WA 6035 Australia
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 20 Sep 2013
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL:
    Access profile
    • Colour independence
    • Device independence
    • Hearing independence
    • Generic
    Learning resource type
    • Interactive Resource
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer - minimum version: 8.0 (MS-Windows) - maximum version: 9.0 (MS-Windows)
    • Firefox - minimum version: (MS-Windows)
    • Safari - minimum version: 5.1 (MacOS)
    Operating systems
    • MacOS - minimum version: 10.6
    • MS-Windows - minimum version: XP - maximum version: 7
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.