Geocaching in Physical Education


Teaching parents and students to begin Geocaching

Well I am ready to begin a new adventure!  I am sure it will be an exciting time for my students and myself!  I am ready to give this a try and I can tell my students are too!  The unit choice was between field hockey and geocaching.  A vast majortiy of studnets (75% on avg in each class) chose geocaching.  Wow!  I would have never expected that!  Then began my preperations.  Trying to figure out how I could keep 30+ kids active and learning for 5 or more 45 min class periods!  Here’s the plan for next week!

I just sent out an email blast and a message to all of our parents and students, because I will need their help.  We are going to be working in groups of 4 or 5, so we don’t need to have too many GPS devices and I won’t have to hide too many caches!  We have no supplies for this as of right now.  I am asking that parents and students bring in the GPS enabled devices so they are empowered and excited to use their current technology!  We are trying all optoins!

Option #1

Option #2

Option #3

I am going to keep the geocaching as simple as possible.  My plan for the unit is to hide 8 dfferent caches everyday around our school grounds.  We have quite a bit of land, so I am going to make it as spread out as possible to get the most activity for our students.  I will give each group different coordinates to start at.  From there they will find the rest of their caches in correct order.  This was the easiest way for me to give them the coordinates.  At each cache they will have to collect a stamp and stamp their caches in the correct order.

 I used the droid app waypoint pro to mark my waypoints and email them to myself.  I will have students manually enter in the coordinates in their GPS enabled device.  Here is some information I used to send the parents and students to practice before our first geocaching lesson.

Here is a quick video on What is Geocaching?
My Screen-o-matic about the basics of navigating
I am nervous and excited about taking the next step and teaching, but I know it will go great because my students and I are in a partnership with their learning!  We will learn together during this unit!  I  truly appreciate any of your thoughts and insight on any of this!  Thanks!

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