I teach in a Title I school where 100% of the students qualify for free meals. Approximately one-third of my students are English Language Learners, some coming from monolingual families. All of my students have the potential to be anything they desire!
My students come from various backgrounds and cultures, but they all have one thing in common.
They all attend a school in which they are encouraged to learn new things and to take on new challenges. This year, I get the honor of teaching all content to my fifth grade homeroom students as well as reading to a class of fourth graders. It is my goal to provide each of my students a rich educational experience with opportunities to use technology in our 21st century classroom while still having plenty of hands-on learning experiences.
Having these handheld GPS devices will allow students to apply social studies learning to real-world situations. We have recently learned about latitude and longitude using our textbook and Internet resources. However, students are not feeling connected to this information. They need to understand how what we learn in class can be applied to our lives. What better way to apply knowledge of latitude and longitude than to take a geocaching trip in the park surrounding our school? Using these handheld GPS devices on a geocaching field trip will give students the experience of reading latitude and longitude and applying the knowledge to locating areas within the park that they visit regularly. In addition to the needs of the social studies curriculum, these young people will also be encouraged to find new ways to get outside and stay active!
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