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Introducing Children to Geocaching

I really enjoy Geocaching it is that thought of being able to be a kid again I think, looking for the treasure and sharing it with others via the net, talking about it, showing off photos etc. 

We've been working on Geometry this term so looking at grid co-ordinates and finding about about direction, rotation fits quite well with this unit.  It's also a follow up to our camp earlier in the year when children were introduced to a GPS for use within a survival situation.  The children had to find there way around the camp grounds picking up essential survival items along the way.

All that aside, how did I introduce it?

1. I used Google maps & Google Earth, I let the children loose in these two programs finding their own houses and different landmarks around our school

2.  I set them a shape finding challenge, they had to find and label at leasst ten shapes in within the Auckland area including the geometric attributes within the description of the shape.  Here is one of th…

4 Weeks Since Ulearn --- What's happened so far?

Well as always happens the fourth term seems to be one of the busiest for me. I hit the ground running, literally around school getting organised to leave for camp by 8.45am on Monday Day 1 Term 4. Camp was fantastic by the way a real experience for many of our children that haven't had the opportunity to really challenge themselves in the outdoors.

So what have I done since Ulearn....

1. I've tried out new web 2.0 tools for publishing writing including Marvin

2. Looked carefully at how the topic/theme this term is structured in my classroom

3. Asked the children in my class about what they want to learn in regards to our topic

4. Had fun! Enjoyed some great days with children that weren't planned, didn't relate to our theme/topic, had nothing to do with standards or testing but turned out to be the best days we've had as a class.... we had a look at some great websites and had fun teaching each other how they worked. Shared. learnt.

5. Enjoyed listening, l…