Finding Our Way

Information for Teachers

Curriculum links

Australian Science Standards

ESS (ACSSU48) Earth’s rotation on its axis causes changes including night and day

DT (ACTDEK013) Suitability of materials, systems, components, tools and equipment for particular purposes

NDS (ACSHE050) Patterns, change and events in our environment

New Zealand Science Achievement Objectives

PEB: The components of the solar system and the distances between them

NTTK: The relationship between the materials used and their performance properties in technological products

Helpful websites

You may want to direct your students to websites to help with their investigations.

Students can look up explorers, explorers+problems, ancient+explorers, using+the+stars.


Successful+journeys, failed+journeys

Students can find out about successful or failed attempts by explorers such as Shackleton, Livingston, and Scott, or by NASA, which has had failed space expeditions.

How to search the internet

1 Keep your request short

Fewer words will give a more accurate search.

2 Choose exactly what you want

For example: Arctic Circle Climate

3 Use quotes

Double quotes around a set of words tell the search engine to consider those exact words in that exact order without any change. For example: “Arctic Circle Climate”

4 Use the plus sign (+)

If you add a plus sign (+) between words, the internet will search for all the words. For example: migrate+birds+whales+mammal

5 Use the minus sign (–) to say what you don’t want

Use a minus sign (–) to show words you do not want to appear in your results. For example: if you search for burrowing animals and do not want mammals in your search,  –mammals will exclude mammals. Note that you need to put a space before the minus sign for the word to be excluded.

6 Be very clear about what you don’t want

Part 1
Ask questions and make predictions

After reading Finding Our Way, you may have many questions about making memory maps in our minds and how people use maps.

List your questions

  • Compare your list with questions that others have.
  • Choose a question you would like to investigate.
  • You can work alone, with a partner, or in a small group.

You may want to choose one or more of these questions to investigate

Q1. In groups, do some memory mapping. Choose what sort of a memory map to make and each person makes their own. Compare your memory maps. How are they different? Why?

Q2. How could you improve a map you have used? We sometimes find it hard to follow a map of a zoo or a museum. Work with others who have also had problems with the same map and try to improve the map.

Q3. Find out more about people who got into serious trouble on a journey to unknown places. What happened? Did their maps fail, did they ignore their maps, or were there other things that went wrong?

Go to Part 2 Plan and investigate →

Part 2
Plan and investigate

Do searches in the internet or in books or talk to people who can help to find the information you are looking for.

Your teacher may suggest suitable websites for further information.

Go to Part 3 Record and analyse data →

Part 3
Record and analyse data

Find a way of recording your information that will allow you to see any patterns in the data.

Make a data chart to record the important information you find.

Data Chart for finding our way

Download Chart
Go to Part 4 Evaluate the information →

Part 4
Evaluate the information

1. Look over the information you have gathered and the patterns you have found.

Did the maps provide clear directions?

Were you able to find the information you were looking for?

2. Search for other patterns.

Did you find some common things on each map?

3. Makes notes about what you find.

Go to Part 5 Communicate and share ideas →

Part 5
Communicate and share ideas

Look over all of the information that you have gathered in your investigation.

What are the most important ideas about your investigation?

Make a chart showing the most important ideas.

Download Chart
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