Bridgedale lesson starter

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For use with GPS project on the school grounds


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Geocaching Finding little pieces of America in our own back yard

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What is Geocaching? The first is the prefix geo, meaning "Earth". The word geocache [GEE-oh-cash] comes from two words. The second is cache which is a safe place for hiding or storing something. It can also be the thing which is hidden. For example, the batch of nuts that a squirrel hides for winter is her cache.

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How Does geocaching Work ? What do I Need to Go geocaching?

Who can do this?**Any grade!** --Scale Up or Down-- : 

1st-5th Grade: Reading/English: Have students map out a route from one point to another. Have students write down the directions. Students can then read the directions and try to navigate to the points, using the directions and the GPS. Math: Have students estimate the distances between points; then use the GPS to see if their estimations were correct. Science: Have students record their speed from traveling from point to point. Estimate what they think, and then experiment, and record their findings. Social Studies: Have questions prepared at each mark that the students must answer from a study guide, from the chapter for review, or vocabulary. Who can do this?**Any grade!** --Scale Up or Down-- Pre-K and Kindergarten: Learning the symbols of the compass. Following the arrows to a certain destination. The possibilities are endless.

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Power Page Navigate Display Screen Learning about the GPS

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First Display Screen: Tells you have many satellites that you are attached to. You must be in a clear view of the sky. (Can’t be indoors)

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“Mark”- to mark the exact location of where you are standing “Waypoints”- These are the “marks”/coordinates that you are looking for

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Once you have entered all of your marks… Use your UP & DOWN arrows, scroll to where it says “GO TO”. That is what you will use to navigate from “Mark” to “Mark”

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Approximate distance from the “Mark” Tells which way you are traveling (E, W, S, N, etc) How fast you are traveling (on foot)

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Finding Your Location with the GPS Unit (You must be outdoors – not under the shelter for best results. The unit cannot find points indoors.) Power on the unit Click the Page button (3 times) to find the Menu Down arrow to Waypoints Click OK List All will be highlighted – Click OK 0-9 highlighted – Click OK 001 – highlighted – Click OK – on your first waypoint (see team sheet for order of waypoints) GOTO – highlighted click OK Follow the compass and distance until you’re about 10-15 feet from the mark and start looking!

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GPS Roles Navigator navigates team to the location of each “mark” Recorder records info. from the site Camera Man takes pictures at each “mark”

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