How do I use grid references on a map?

Fin and Snoot use the grid references on a map to explore an island.

What is a grid reference?

A grid reference tells you where something is on a map.

There are two parts to a grid reference:

  • The 1st letter or number tells you how far across the map something is.
  • The 2nd letter or number tells you how far up the map something is.

Example

How do you find grid reference D2?

Here's one way to do it:

  • First go across the way until you get to D.
  • Then go up the way until you get to 2.

Here's another way:

  • Go along the bottom with your finger until you get to D.
  • Go up the side with your other finger until you get to 2.
  • Move one finger across and one finger up until they meet.

Both ways have found D2.

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