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Curricular Connections to Geocaching

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Learn how GPS devices work and how to connect Geocaching with any curricular unit of study to motivate and excite student learning.

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Curricular Connections to Geocaching

  1. 1. Curricular Connectionsto Geocaching<br />Conni Mulliganconnimulligan@gmail.com<br />
  2. 2. Contents<br />1<br />GPS Background<br />2<br />Geocaching Defined<br />3<br />Materials and Supplies<br />4<br />Stash Your Cache<br />5<br />Classroom Activities<br />6<br />Resources & Links<br />
  3. 3. GPS Background<br />1<br />The Global Positioning System (GPS): A Technology of Extensive Use. Discovery Education, 2001. Video Segment. 5 May 2010.  <http://www.discoveryeducation.com/>. (3:19 Minutes)<br />GPS: Global Positioning System. Discovery Education, 2002. Video Segment. 5 May 2010.  <http://www.discoveryeducation.com/>. (4:01 Minutes)<br />
  4. 4. 2<br />Geocaching Defined<br />Geocaching is an outdoor scavenger/treasure hunting game where you use GPS technology to pinpoint the location of an item(s).<br />http://www.geocaching.com/about/cache_types.aspx<br />
  5. 5. 2<br />Geocaching Defined<br />What Is Geocaching? GoGeocaching — March 17, 2010 — Learn about the high-tech treasure hunting game being played around the world by adventure seekers! Learn more at http://www.geocaching.com.<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4VFeYZTTYs<br />
  6. 6. 3<br />Materials and Supplies<br />GPS Device<br />Film Canisters<br />Easter Eggs<br />Mailing Folders<br />Plastic Containers<br />Plastic Bags<br />Camo Tape<br />
  7. 7. Stash Your Cache<br />4<br />GPS Device signals work best outdoors and may not be as accurate around tall buildings<br />Survey your area, remember SAFETY<br />Crossing parking lots<br />Wooded areas or bushes(Snakes, insects, etc.)<br />Location height<br />Hide caches so that studentscan’t see them at a glance<br />Don’t use food<br />
  8. 8. Stash Your Cache<br />4<br />Use unique hiding areas<br />Tied to branch in tree<br />Use magnets on signs<br />Drain pipe<br />PVC Pipe<br />Have something for those thatfinish early – Bonus Cache<br />
  9. 9. Geocache Types<br />Multi-Cache<br />Letterbox Cache<br />Traditional Cache<br />Virtual Cache<br />Mystery/Puzzle Cache<br />Web Cam Cache<br />Cache In Trash Out Event<br />http://www.geocaching.com/about/cache_types.aspx<br />
  10. 10. Classroom Activities<br />5<br />
  11. 11. Classroom Activities<br />5<br />
  12. 12. Classroom Activities<br />5<br />10 Apples Up On Top!<br />Dr. Seuss, Theo LeSieg Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Celebration<br />Media/PE Integration<br /><ul><li> The teacher created stations based on the events from the book.
  13. 13. Teacher found coordinates outside for each station and created cards.
  14. 14. Students used GPS devices to go to preset stations where they performed the tasks.</li></li></ul><li>Classroom Activities<br />5<br />History MysteriesUsing Primary Source Information<br />Media/History<br /><ul><li> Teacher recorded coordinates outside for multiple stations.
  15. 15. Teacher created cards for groups of students.
  16. 16. Students used GPS devices to go to preset coordinates where they found picture cards or newspaper articles of some event in history.
  17. 17. Students gathered all of the items and then tried to discover what the items had in common.</li></ul>http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html<br />
  18. 18. Classroom Activities<br />5<br />http://www.ncwiseowl.org/it/ncgeocache/LessonPlans.htm#nine12<br />http://www.catawba.k12.nc.us/pages/teacher_resources/gps_activities/displayall_grade_level.asp<br />
  19. 19. Teacher Friendly Software<br />“FREE GPS Software for your Garmin, Magellan or Lowrance GPS”<br />http://www.easygps.com/<br />
  20. 20. Resources & Links<br />6<br />http://educaching.com/ <br />
  21. 21. Resources & Links<br />6<br />Elementary <br /><ul><li>Language Arts
  22. 22. Social Studies
  23. 23. Mathematics
  24. 24. Science</li></ul>Intermediate Science Grades 5-8<br /><ul><li> Human Body
  25. 25. Cell Biology
  26. 26. Ecology
  27. 27. Geology, Landforms and Earth Structure
  28. 28. Plate Tectonics
  29. 29. Energy and Motion
  30. 30. Chemistry
  31. 31. Weather and Erosion</li></li></ul><li>Resources & Links<br />6<br />Intermediate U.S. History/Geography Grades 5-8<br /><ul><li> Early Exploration
  32. 32. Road to Revolution
  33. 33. Forming a Constitution
  34. 34. A New Republic
  35. 35. National Growth (1800-1844)
  36. 36. Manifest Destiny & Spirit of Change (1810-1860)
  37. 37. A Nation Divided (1846-1856)
  38. 38. Reconstruction (1865-1877)</li></li></ul><li>Resources & Links<br />6<br />Geocaching University – Let’s Go Geocaching! http://www.geocacher-u.com/<br />
  39. 39. Resources & Links<br />6<br />6<br />Resources & Links<br />Geocaching University- Let’s Go Geocaching! <br />Vehicle Placard<br />Certificates<br />Cache Logs<br />Stash Notes<br />Trackable Items<br />GeoCoin Buddy Book<br />Travel Bug Travel Guide<br />Cache Labels<br />CITO Labels<br />Log Books<br />BINGO Cards <br />Placemats <br />Coloring & Activity Book<br />ID Cards<br />http://www.geocacher-u.com/<br />
  40. 40. Resources & Links<br />6<br />http://linkbun.ch/w9j7<br />
  41. 41. Resources & Links<br />6<br />http://www.podcacher.com/<br />http://www.geocaching.com/<br />
  42. 42. Directionally Challenged?<br />Deciding who to follow is the tricky part!<br />
  43. 43. Thank You !<br />Conni Mulliganconnimulligan@gmail.com<br />Background provided by: www.themegallery.com<br />

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