Today grade 2S and 2L tried out Geocaching for the first time and it was a huge hit with the students. Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called "geocaches" or "caches", anywhere in the world. Our caches were hidden around the perimeter and within the school grounds. Students each had their own GPS unit to try and track the hidden “treasures”.
A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook where the geocacher enters the date they found it and signs it with their established code name. After signing the log, the cache must be placed back exactly where the person found it. Larger containers such as plastic storage containers (Tupperware or similar) can also contain items for trading, usually toys or trinkets of little financial value, although sometimes they are sentimental.
Before we began our treasure hunt we had a lesson in the classroom on how to use the GPS from Mr. Joey Savoy who works for the district. Once we got outside the students were quick to catch on to how to track their treasure using the GPS system.
We cannot wait for Mr. Savoy to return for our next treasure hunt!
To accompany our unit on Patterns students "planted" a garden made of seeds demonstrating the different type of patterns we have been learning about. They turned out great!