Some of my Favorites – Geocaching!
Today is school trip week here in Maine. I generally take this week off to go ice fishing on Moosehead Lake. Thats not occurring this year. Instead Ill be “staycationing” and working on some jobs around home. While on my staycation Ill be sharing some of my individual favorite tools.
Geocaching is one of the important things that I invest a great little bit of time talking about in both my workshop 5 Ways to Blend Technology Into Outdoor Learning. Geocaching is a terrific activity to do to get kids outside for hands-on knowing experiences. Here are 5 things that you can teach through geocaching activities.
Geospatial AwarenessThe core of geocaching activities is locating hidden caches. This can be done through making use of GPS (either on a phone, a smartwatch, or on a dedicated GPS unit) or in an “traditional” method of utilizing maps. Discovering a cache can need students to have an understanding of the range in between two or more places.
You can set up geocaching activities in and around your school lawn that dont need trainees to use any electronic devices. Merely make a map or make a list of hints that give students details about the instructions and ranges they require to go in order to find a series of caches.
Earth ScienceLet students test use their understanding of rock types or plant types as they seek geocaches. You can incorporate a little civic task into the lesson by asking trainees to get litter they find while geocaching.
CitizenshipIf you or your students utilize the main Geocaching website to find caches in your location, you may find some that border on private home. Trainees should not move caches theyve found.
Digital CitizenshipAs with any activity that integrates an online, public-facing element taking part in official Geocaching activities offers us with a great chance to examine the basics of excellent digital citizenship. Students who are positioning caches for addition on the public listings of Geocaches need to be conscious of not including personally identifying and other sensitive information in their descriptions and tips.
Bonus offer item: Its difficult for me to speak about geocaching without considering a number of traditional “location tunes.” Enjoy!
Discovering a cache can require students to have an understanding of the distance in between 2 or more locations.
You can set up geocaching activities in and around your school yard that do not need students to utilize any electronic gadgets. Just make a map or make a list of ideas that offer trainees info about the instructions and ranges they require to go in order to find a series of caches.
CitizenshipIf you or your trainees utilize the official Geocaching site to find caches in your location, you might find some that surround on private property.