Geocaching in the Classroom
Geocaching: An active instructional strategy
What is it?
As a Classroom Strategy
Introductory Lesson on Insects
I am using geocaching to introduce my science unit on insects. I have created 6 caches using plastic insects with prompts, questions or props inside and hidden them on the playground for students to find using the coordinates I supplied. The students will take on roles listed below and those roles will rotate for each cache so everyone has a chance to use the GPS.
- Navigator (hold the GPS and follow the coordinates)
- Recorder (writes responses on clipboard)
- Detective (reads clues given through the iPad for what the cache might look like)
- Controller (confirms the location and reads the cache)
Using the prompts, questions and props in the caches students will discuss and record their prior knowledge of insects and come up with questions they have about insects. After their search they will come back to the classroom to share out and discuss their responses.
- Pick a unit you teach with your students
- Create caches to hide with questions and prompts to activate student's prior knowledge
- Hide the caches and have students work in groups to find them
- Have them record their responses
- Then have students compile their responses into a KWL
- Throughout the unit students can add or change their KWL within their groups
*without GPS - create a map of the school or playground and star the caches or write clues to help the students find them.
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