MISSION MONDAY: Hands-On Orienteering

MISSION MONDAY: Hands-On Orienteering photo

Welcome to Mission Monday, a series of posts highlighting the ways North Salem students embrace the district mission of engaging in continual improvement, including questioning, defining and solving problems through critical and creative thinking. To learn more about the North Salem Mission, please click here.

Combining science and math skills, seventh-graders took advantage of an all-day orienteering field trip to Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River, where they challenged themselves both mentally and physically.

Leading up to the Oct. 31 outing, students learned and practiced orienteering skills, discovering they had to make their thinking visible and audible to communicate with their teammates. They also had to analyze their thinking and readjust it as they encountered challenges along the way.

At Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, the students located their present positions on a map and then oriented themselves in the exact direction of the next marker.

“[They] then calculated the number of paces they would require to get to that marker,” said Social Studies Department Chairperson Karen Koestner. “Our students accepted the mental and physical challenge as they raced against the clock in this activity.”