GeoCaching is a worldwide hide and seek game using GPS receivers. You find the coordinates of a cache at Geocaching.com and use a GPS receiver to find the cache. You log your find on a log found with the cache.
I used Geocaching with a unit on Google Earth.
I had students use a generic Geocaching login to access the site. Some on their own created their own logins. We explored the site and background of Geocaching.
- Garmin eTrex. ( I applied for a district grant to get them).
- Internet access to Geocaching.com
I showed 3 Youtube videos to help them understand. Later we found the locations on Google Earth and looked at the cache profile on Geocaching.com
- Prime Meridian
- Find locations on school grounds and students record coordinates
- Give students coordinates and students find caches or markings on campus
- If possible, get off campus either to a nearby park or take a field trip elsewhere
- Using Google Earth, students find locations of caches.
- Give a listing of coordinates and have students identify which are north, south, east of west of each other.
- Use your location coordinates as a landmark location and constantly quiz them if other locations are north, south, east or west of your school location.