(5-10 minutes) Many teachers play different versions of this game. The teacher (captain) calls out a command and students follow the command. Some commands I use are:
Feel free to add your own commands, or run a quick internet search; there are thousands more out there!
(5-10 minutes) Pirates used a compass to find their way across the ocean. Post a cardinal direction on each wall in your classroom: North, South, East, and West.
Just like pirates used these four directions long ago, we still use the same directions to navigate today. Play “four corners” using the cardinal directions. (Visit http://www.playworks.org/blog/game-week-four-corners for instructions)
(10 minutes) How do pirates use the map to find their treasure? Help students identify the key and compass rose, and tell how to use them to identify locations on the map and match them to locations around you.
For each object in the key, ask the students to show how they would create that landmark with their bodies. This way, every student will have a chance to be a treasure, a trap, a swamp, etc. before the application.
Coach students to think creatively by asking questions like:
(15 minutes) Call students one by one or by small groups to use the map and cardinal directions to recreate the map with their bodies on the floor. They may use fabric or props to represent water, the land, the mountains, etc.
Don’t tell them where to go, but coach them to use the cardinal directions posted on each wall. Ask questions like:
(5 minutes) If available, use an iPad and document camera, snap a picture and show the students the map they’ve made. Compare it to the original map, and make adjustments if necessary. If the technology is not available, call students up a few at a time to observe and evaluate the finished “body map.”