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Lesson Plan

Hide and Seek with Geocaching
Subject: Technology
Grade span: 3 to 12
Duration: 2-3 sessions of 60-90 minutes each
This lesson was excerpted from the Afterschool Training Toolkit under the promising practice: Finding and Solving Problems
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In this lesson, students locate objects hidden outdoors using a handheld Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver. This geography-based approach to problem-solving, called geocaching, is a fun and engaging way to evaluate students' understanding of longitude and latitude, global navigation, and the Global Positioning System. It also tests their ability to manipulate technology. Activities can be adapted for various learning levels and enrich various subject areas, including geography, math, and science.

Learning Goals:



Instructors should determine students' understanding of longitude and latitude and their technology skill levels. Basic keyboarding skills will be required. Instructors should also have basic computer skills, basic geography skills, and experience operating both a digital projector and a handheld GPS receiver.

What to Do:

Introduce students to geocaching For younger students: For older students: Back in the classroom

Evaluate (Outcomes to look for):

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Learn More:

Take geocaching beyond treasure hunting, and make it a nature study, creative writing opportunity, or other activity. For some ideas, see the Resources page.
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