Communication Activities/Map reading skills

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Objective

To provide students with the confidence and skills to read maps at a basic level.


Activity

Otira Map


1. What is the map number?

2. What is the map type and scale?

3. Does the map have a grid reference system?

4. Name the mountain and its elevation located at E88 N10

5. Name the glacier on the south side of this mountain

6. What direction is Highway 73 running when it crosses Arthur's pass (E92 N11)?

7. Name the main river on the northern side of the map?

8. What lake lies at grid reference E99 N10?

9. Is Crow Hut (E89 N06) surrounded by native forest?

10. Avalanche Peak is near Arthur's Pass Village (E92 N06). Does it have a foot track on it and what is the elvation at the top of the peak?


Manapouri Map

1. What is the map number

2. What is the map type and scale?

3. Does the map have a grid reference system?

4. Estimate the distance in kilometres between

  • Manapouri and the power house across the lake (as if you were driving a boat)
  • The power house and Deep Cove (as if you were driving a bus)

5. Name the pass and its elevation to Deep Cove

6. Name the sound in which Deep Cove is located

7. Locate the Keplar Track. (clue: look in the northwest corner of the map) now list all the huts and emergency shelters you can find on the Keplar Track.

8. What is the elevation at the top of Mt Luxmore (E86 N22)?

9. What do contour lines indicate?

10. What is the elevation change between each row of contour lines?


Southern Lakes and Fiordland


1. What is the map number?

2. What is the map type and scale?

3. Does the map have a grid reference system?

4. What the the highway number of the road to Milford Sound?

5. Name two National Parks on this map

6. What native, rare and endangered bird lives in the richardson Mountains (S5)?

7. What is the number of the highway which travels through Winton, Kingston, Gibbston, Cromwell, past Lake Hawera and over the Haast Pass?

8. Using the road scale, estimate the distance between:

  • Te Anau and Mossburn
  • Alexandra to Cromwell

9. What is the number of the highway which crosses over the Lindis Pass?


Kahurangi


1. What is the map number?

2. What is the map type and scale?

3. Does the map have a grid reference system(s)? If there are several which one would you use?

4. Name two National Parks you can see on this map?

5. What point of interest is at A9?

6. What kind of forests does this map show and how can you tell?

7. What is the name of the town located at J1 and does it have an airstrip?

8. What activities could you be doing if you were at Rotoroa (P5)?

9. Can you find the environmental care code on the map. Write down the list of simple guidelines

10. What is the safety watch phone number and why would you call it?


Supporting Material

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