In this maths problem We Are Learning To: Follow instructions using grid and compass references on a map.

Can you recreate the treasure map from the information below? Why not adapt the names or numbers to personalise it to your class.

The treasure map

treasureCaptain Madge buries his treasure but loses his treasure map! But all is not lost. His trusty crew remember different bits of the map.

“I remember drawing it with 5 squares each way”, says the Captain.
“There was a row of three trees running due East from the square (1,1)”, Peg Leg Pirita says. “You put each one of them on a different square.”
“Weren’t there four granite boulders going due South from (5,5)?” Cezar asks. “I think you put one of them each in a square too.”
“Ah!. Now I remember!” yells the Captain. “I buried the treasure half way between the first rock and the most western tree!”
Where is the treasure?
Extension to the problem
Write clues for your own treasure map. Post as a challenge for others to solve.

If you’d like the problem in Maori:

treasureTe Pouaka Taonga
Kua ngaro i a Kāpene te mahere e whakaatu ana i te wāhi i
tāpuketia tana pouaka taonga. Ko tōna
waimarie, kei te maumahara tonu ana
kaimahi i ētahi wāhanga o te mahere.
“I tuhia te mahere ki tētahi tukutuku,
e 5 mā te 5 ngā tapawhā rite” te kī a
Kāpene.
“E toru ngā rākau e rārangi mai ana, mai i te wāhanga (1,1), o
te tukutuku e anga whakaterāwhiti ana. Kotahi te rākau ki te
wāhanga tukutuku kotahi.” Koirā te maumahara a WaewaeTotitoti.
“E whā hoki ngā toka nui e rārangi ana ki te tonga,” te kōrero a
tētahi. Ko te mea tuatahi kei te wāhanga (5,5) o te tukutuku, ā,
kotahi anō te toka ki ia wāhanga.”
“Kei te maumahara au ināianei!” te umere a Kāpene. “I tāpuketia
te pouaka ki waenganui pū o te toka tuatahi me te rākau kei te
taha uru.”
Tuhia te mahere, ka whakaatu ai i te wāhi e tāpuketia ana te
pouaka taonga a te hunga nanakia nei.

Adapted from NZmaths.

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7 responses »

  1. grettel says:

    I have another one for anyone to try.
    “I remeber drawing it with 6 squares each way” says the caiptain.
    “There was a row of five monkey shaped rocks due north from the square (1,)” peg leg pirita says.
    “You put each one of them on a different square.”
    “Weren’t there five large trees going due west from (6,6)?” Cezar asks. “I think you put one of them each in a square too.”
    “Ah!. Now I remember!” yells the Captain. “I buried the treasure under the most east tree and IN the middle of the monkey rocks.

    give it a go it was really fun

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  2. Travis Wood says:

    This is not to easy

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  3. Rowan says:

    It seemed hard, but when you actually get to know about coordinates, grids etc, it’s no problemo…
    I finished it 😀

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  4. Alex Campbell says:

    finally done it!

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