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Geography Lessons Using Geocaching


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I got hooked on geocaching last summer when I took a teacher training course, and now do I not only use it in my classroom, but it's a hobby for me. My 6th graders and I have hidden three caches near our school. They all have themes to them so we can review some of our geography knowledge.

 

We have a 50 states theme (Flat Stanley 50 States Tour) where geocachers are asked to leave something behind that represents one of the states. I then take these items back to the class for the kids to identify. We also have a Wisconsin themed cache (Flat Stanley Cheese State Tour). Speaking of Flat Stanley, we have two of them floating around as travel bugs, one going around all 50 states (currently in Ohio), and the other taking a tour of Wisconsin.

 

Our latest cache is a travel bug exchange (Travel Bug School Field Trip). The kids made their own travel bugs and they all began in one cache. Now they are well on their way to their goals. Type my user name (whitnallgps) on the search travel bugs page in the box for "by username" and click "owned" to see an entire list of the bugs we have out there.

 

To find out more about our project, we were recently featured in our local newspaper. Here's the link to the article: http://www.zwire.com/news/newsstory.cfm?ne...&CATEGORYID=410

 

We also have a geocaching page on my classroom website at http://www.whitnall.com/wms/teachers/6th_g...avert/index.htm

 

Any other educators out there using geocaching as a classroom topic, or just using the GPS system in other areas? I'd like to hear your ideas. I'm also looking for technology grants to apply for so I can get more GPS's in the classroom. If you know of any, please send them my way. :)

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To find out more about our project, we were recently featured in our local newspaper. Here's the link to the article: http://www.zwire.com/news/newsstory.cfm?ne...&CATEGORYID=410

 

We also have a geocaching page on my classroom website at http://www.whitnall.com/wms/teachers/6th_g...avert/index.htm

 

Any other educators out there using geocaching as a classroom topic, or just using the GPS system in other areas? I'd like to hear your ideas. I'm also looking for technology grants to apply for so I can get more GPS's in the classroom.

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Hello Mr. Seavert and Mr. Seavert's class,

 

I'm a teacher in Washington state who enjoys geocaching and keeping a cache near our school too. I have several students who are avid geocachers and we enjoy seeing our visitors searching for the cache.

 

My students have sent out travel bugs but now they are missing. How are your bugs doing so far?

 

My students would love to hear from your students if you are interested. My students are 7th and 8th graders at Discovery Lab School.

 

I have taught several classes at teacher conferences about using geocaching in teaching Social Studies.

 

Please contact me if you like. E-mail is best, as I am an infrequent user of the forums.

 

Irene (Discocry)

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