Teacher Review For Geocaching

Great place to learn about geocaching.

Robert L.
Classroom teacher
Spring Hill Junior High School
Akron, OH
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My Grades 7, 8
My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 1
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned No
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Whole class
Great with General
How I Use It
In one of my computer technology courses I teach a short unit on the GPS technology. I discuss how technology can help us find locations quickly and easily. We discuss how and why we use a GPS. I integrate social studies and math into my unit by using maps and measurements in the activities. As an activity to demonstrate how GPS technology works, we use geocaching.com to show students where the caches are located. If you can leave the school property and have a local park nearby, there are sure to be many caches you can find. I use geocaching.com as a resource, not as a site to find content information.
My Take
Geocaching.com is the go to place for learning about geocaching. Geocaching.com is a great tool to use if you want to reinforce geography and measurement skills by finding a geocache. It will not teach your students content, but is a great resource for getting students out of the classroom to provide a hands on experience with a GPS. You will want to spend some time looking over the site and reviewing the guidelines for finding caches. Take along some small items to leave in the cache if you plan on allowing your students to remove items from the cache. You are not guaranteed what you will find in the cache. I have never found anything inappropriate, but I have found the cache empty. You will need GPS devices or you can use smartphones with the app. My students love hunting around for "treasure." In time, they will want to hide their own cache for others to find and enjoy.