Geo-Passport Childersburg

A Geocaching Adventure, Your Passport to Childersburg

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Geo-Passport Childersburg a PBL Presented by Mrs. Whitlock's 2nd Grade Class

Students in Mrs. Whitlock's class collaborated with other students in 2nd Grade to create a geocaching scavenger hunt about our town to help familiarize others with the natural and historical treasures we have in within the area of the City of Childersburg.

Participants can employ passport books created by students to collect stamps from each location they find while following hints left by students within the geocaching app, Klikaklu or using Google Maps. Passport Books are available for pickup at the Childersburg City Hall or at Watwood Elementary School.
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GeoPassport Childersburg on Social Media

Please visit us on social media and let us know you earned your GeoPassport to the great city of Childersburg, Alabama! We would love to see pictures along your journey, and invite you to leave a note.

Week 1 Adventures (PBL Kickoff)

Childersburg Needs Our Help!

On January 7, 2016, the city had Mrs. Bolton our Technology Specialist present 2nd Graders at Watwood with a problem they are currently experiencing. The City of Childersburg has not had as many tourists visit in the past few years as they would like. They needs our help to come up with an idea to help Childersburg receive more visitors and help show them the different treasures our City has to offer.
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Driving Question: How Can We As 2nd Graders Bring More Tourism to Childersburg?

All About Watwood

Mrs. Whitlock shared with all 2nd Graders about a wonderful, fun, hobby she had recently become interested in called Geocaching. She told them how working with her husband and her cousin Heather, she found geocaches near where she was camping this past summer. She shared with them how geocaching is like a scavenger hunt to find places and clues and even sometimes treasure. Second Grade students decided they wanted to try! Using the app Klikaklu, students and teachers solved clues to find different places all around the school.
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Geocaching and Sharing About Childersburg

Second Graders at Watwood talked with their teachers and decided that they thought it would be a great idea to make a hunt like we the one we had completed about our school to tell others about Childersburg. As we talked more about what geocaching really is and looked more closely at the hunt we had just finished, we remembered how we had to find each location on the map. Many students were not very familiar with maps or how to use them, so we decided to start at the very beginning.....

Week 2 Explorations

Maps and Globes

Students agreed before we get too in depth with geocaching, we need to understand maps and how they relate to us and our world. We discussed physical and political maps and introduce new vocabulary.

Students participated in a live Nearpod presentation called "How to Read a Map" If you would like to try out the Nearpod we used, you can access it at the link below, use the code - MIDJO - to try it yourself.


Nearpod is an interactive presentation and assessment tool that can be used to amazing effect in the classroom. A teacher can create presentations that can contain Quiz's, Polls, Videos, Images, Drawing-Boards, Web Content, etc.

iPad Apps All About Maps

Students employed the apps Google Earth and Globe Geography to learn how to differentiate between a physical maps and a political maps. Students identified rivers and mountains, states and capitals. The also learned earned all about geographical features, including latitude, longitude, and borders of countries, states, and counties.
Globe Geography 3D

Students used Globe Geography 3D to gain a better understanding of the Earth and different types of maps (topographical, road, political, etc)

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Google Maps

Students used Google Maps to view topographical and road maps. Employing this app, students were also able to view locations from various distances. Doing this the teachers discussed map scale with the students.

Google Earth

Students utilized Google Earth to take their learning of maps from the Earth level to the street level. Students were amazed how they could click on street view and view downtown Childersburg and beyond from the confines of the classroom.

Me on the Map

Students read the book "Me on the Map" by Joan Sweeney with the teacher and compared the maps in Google Maps, to the maps as they are displayed in the book to gain a better understanding of how maps correlate with satellite imagery.
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Map Models

On January 14th, students worked with their teacher and a parent volunteer to create edible dough and salt dough models of the state of Alabama and Talladega County. Students used tooth picks to indicate where Childersburg is on their physical map. Students molded their dough maps to show mountains, valleys, rivers and other bodies of water.

ALCOS Sci 2.9.) Create models to identify physical features of Earth (e.g., mountains, valleys, plains, deserts, lakes, rivers, oceans).

Using Gel Food Coloring to Finish Salt Dough Topographical Map Models

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Week 3 Undertakings

Learning What Good Questioning is and Practicing Interviewing with Mrs. Ogle and Ms. Bolton

Over two days, January 20th and 21st, Mrs. Ogle our instructional specialist worked with students to teach them what good questioning is and what an interview should look like. She modeled questions good interviewers might ask and worked with the students to create their own questions. She collaborated with the classroom teachers to scaffold students as they generated questions to ask Ms. Bolton our Technology Integration Specialist about her job. The following day, she reviewed what good questioning is and reminded students of proper ettiquette during an interview; then invited Ms. Bolton in for students to interview. The students did a fabulous job! They are now ready to try their newly acquired interview skills out on real visitors!

Visiting Experts

Interviews with Experts of Locations to be Toured

Google Docs and the Interview Process

Students and teachers collaborated to create a list of questions for our visitors. This served two purposes. One, students were able to have questions in front of them as they interviewed the visitors, and two as classes discussed questions teachers had a collaborative document to type the questions into to prevent redundancy.

Zelous Wheeler, Childersburg High School Graduate and Current Baseball Player for Rakuten Eagles in Japan

Thursday, Jan. 21st, 1pm

3002 Limbaugh Avenue

Childersburg, AL

Shared information about Childersburg High School and how growing up in Childersburg helped shape him into the successful person he is today.

Week 4 Experiences

Taurus Twyman with the Childersburg Parks and Recreation Department

Monday, Jan. 25th, 1pm

3002 Limbaugh Avenue

Childersburg, AL

Mr. Twyman shared the different things the Parks and Recreation Department has to offer to the city of Childersburg and its citizens.

Ben Austin from Kymulga Grist Mill

Tuesday, Jan. 26th, 9am

3002 Limbaugh Avenue

Childersburg, AL

Mr. Austin shared historical facts and information about the Kymulga Grist Mill and Covered Bridge.

Childersburg Fire Department

Tuesday, Jan. 26th, 10:15am

3002 Limbaugh Avenue

Childersburg, AL

Two firefighters from the Childersburg Fire Department visited students to share about their jobs and the contribution the CFD makes to the city of Childersburg.
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Kathy Blanchard 1968 Childersburg High School Graduate and Lifelong Citizen of Childersburg

Tuesday, Jan. 26th, 1pm

3002 Limbaugh Avenue

Childersburg, AL

Mrs. Blanchard shared with the students facts and fictitious tales surrounding the birth of the city of Childersburg as well as personal experiences growing up in Childersburg.

Leadership Team from Childersburg High School

Wednesday, Jan. 27th, 10:15am

3002 Limbaugh Avenue

Childersburg, AL

Lt. Mark Holmes with the Childersburg Police Department

Wednesday, Jan. 27th, 1pm

3002 Limbaugh Avenue

Childersburg, AL

Tim Lacy, President of DeSoto Caverns Park

Thursday, Jan. 28th, 9am

3002 Limbaugh Avenue

Childersburg, AL

Chelsea Humphries, President of the Childersburg Chamber of Commerce

Thursday, Jan. 28th, 1pm

3002 Limbaugh Avenue

Childersburg, AL

Diane Newman with the Butler-Harris-Rainwater House and Museum

Friday, Jan. 29th, 9am

3002 Limbaugh Avenue

Childersburg, AL

Rod MacLeroy, Alabama Marine Police, Coosa River

Friday, Jan. 29th, 10:15am

3002 Limbaugh Avenue

Childersburg, AL

Week 5 Journeys

National Geographic for Kids: Letterboxing

National Geographic for Kids article and information on Letterboxing.

Letterboxing for Kids

Students used this website to learn more about letterboxing.


Students asked SIRI several questions about Childersburg to find out more about it, its history, and facts.

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Students created photo maps complete with GPS coordinates for each location using this app.

Week 6 Excursions


Students used the Doceri App to create digital tours of each stop along GeoPassport Childersburg.

QR Code Generator

Students used QR Code Generator to create QR codes for each Doceri presentation to place inside the waterproof Caches for visitors to access.

Week 7 Trek

Placing the Caches Around Childersburg

Mrs. Whitlock and Mrs. Stewart took several students (with their parents) around Childersburg to place the waterproof boxes, containing the QR codes and stamps, at the locations on February 16, 2016. All other students participated in the field trip virtually back at Watwood with Mrs. Broadhead and Mrs. McLean. During this trip caches were marked in Klikaklu Creator. Upon return to the classroom, riddles to go with the clues were decided upon by students and teachers.
Klikaklu Creator

Second Graders used this app to create the digital scavenger hunt platform for GeoPassport Childersburg.

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Childersburg Mayor Shares About Childersburg and How "GeoPassport Childersburg" Will Affect Our Town's Tourism (DIGITAL LEARNING DAY)

Wednesday, Feb. 17th, 10am

3002 Limbaugh Avenue

Childersburg, AL

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Gold Standard Documentary About GeoPassport Childersburg

Follow the link below to see how Watwood 2nd Grade Leaders went GOLD with our PBL.

2016 Talladega County Innovative Teaching and Learning Showcase

Thursday, March 10th, 11am-7pm

122 Fay S Perry Drive

Childersburg, AL

Students from all over Talladega County in Grades K-12 come together for a day filled with Project Based Learning and Technology at its best; showcased at CHS Arena.

PBL Plan

Resources and Links

GeoPassport Childersburg is listed on!


We used Periscope to broadcast live video of our visitors and of the virtual field trip when we placed the Caches.

Klikaklu Player

Using this app people who participate in GeoPassport Childersburg can play along using the scavenger hunt option.

Standards Covered in GeoPassport Childersburg PBL

2nd Grade Social Studies and Science

ALCOS SS 2.5.) Differentiate between a physical map and a political map.

Examples: physical—illustrating rivers and mountains, political—illustrating symbols for states and capitals

• Using vocabulary associated with geographical features, including latitude, longitude, and border

ALCOS SS 2.6.) Identify states, continents, oceans, and the equator using maps, globes,

and technology.

• Identifying map elements, including title, legend, compass rose, and scale

• Identifying the intermediate directions of northeast, southeast, northwest, and southwest

• Recognizing technological resources such as a virtual globe, satellite images, and radar

• Locating points on a grid

ALCOS Sci 2.9.) Create models to identify physical features of Earth (e.g., mountains, valleys, plains, deserts, lakes, rivers, oceans).

2nd Grade English/Language Arts

ALCOS ELA 2.26.) With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers. [W.2.6]

ALCOS ELA 2.27.) Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., read a number of books on a single topic to produce a report; record science observations). [W.2.7]

ALCOS ELA 2.28.) Recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question. [W.2.8]

ALCOS ELA 2.30.) Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media. [SL.2.2]

ALCOS ELA 2.31.) Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to clarify comprehension, gather additional information, or deepen understanding of a topic or issue. [SL.2.3]

ALCOS ELA 2.32.) Tell a story or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking audibly in coherent sentences. [SL.2.4]

ALCOS ELA 2.33.) Create audio recordings of stories or poems; add drawings or other visual displays to stories or recounts of experiences when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings. [SL.2.5]

2nd Grade Technology

ALCOS TECH 2.7.) Use digital tools to access and retrieve information. Examples: online libraries, multimedia dictionaries, search engines, directories • Evaluating accuracy of digital content. Example: determining fact versus opinion

ALCOS TECH 2.8.) Use digital environments to exchange ideas with individuals or groups. Examples: other states, other countries • Producing digital works collaboratively. Examples: developing shared writing projects, creating language experience stories

ALCOS TECH 2.9.) Identify digital tools used for problem solving. Examples: spell check, digital graphic organizers, electronic drawing programs, simulation software

ALCOS TECH 2.10.) Design original works using digital tools. Examples: tools—digital drawing tools, music software, word processing software, digital cameras