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Newquist GPS

Newquist GPS

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What am I?
(Geocaching and Vocabulary)
Overview--
This lesson would be one of several in a unit on using geographicinformation systems and tools. Students have already been introduced tothe vocabulary terms and will be exploring the use of a GPS to locatecoordinates while solving clues together. The students will need to problemsolve (figure out the answers to the clues describing the geography terms)after they have “discovered” the caches containing those clues. Once eachteam has determined the geography term that is being described they willthen write the number of the cache and the term in each slice (see graphicorganizer). After completing the scavenger hunt each team will need tohand in a completed organizer after checking their answers with theirteacher.
Goals:
Working together as a team to problem solve while reviewing anddiscussing vocabulary terms while exploring how GPS receivers work
Materials:
Clipboards for each team, empty objects or canister to use forcaches, multiple copies of the clues to locate the caches (depending on thenumber of GPS devices available), 8-10 GPS devices, and puzzle worksheetfor teams to fill out.
Teachers
would need to mix up the clues for each team so they would bestarting at different coordinates facilitating less confusion between theteams.
Team Members Roles*:
Materials Coordinator/reader – collects necessary materials—GPS,etc. and reads the directions for the task.Navigator – operates GPS (Switch off after each cache is located).Recorder – records the cache number and vocabulary term* Note that roles can be switched depending on the number of students oneach team.
Judy Newquist 2009
 
What am I?
(Geocaching and Vocabulary)Working as a team you will need to navigate the course below followingthe coordinates provided. As you explore how to read and use a GPS yourchallenge is to figure out the mystery geography vocabulary terms using theclues located in each cache. Using your keen observations skills will berequired in order to find the locations of the various caches that hold theclues for the terms.1. 849 Easting, 571 Northing—Look around and you will see-- Look low, look high beneath the tree.2. 833 Easting, 628 Northing—Turn the corner and what do you observe? I am small and round.Look closely on the ground.3. 838 Easting, 596 Northing—Low lying and rectangular am I. Usually I am filled with water but I amdry. Look closely and the cache you will spy.4. 909 Easting, 593 Northing—Walk through the doors and discover all the wonders of the world.5. 770 Easting, 624 Northing—Directing your way is always fun; what do you find here? Look closelyas the cache is near.
Judy Newquist 2009
 
What am I?
(Geocaching and Vocabulary)Here are the clues hidden inside a small box, brown envelopes or whatevercontainer you may have available to describe the geography term.Parallels/latitude lines--geographic tool--measure horizontally in degrees--used to locate points on earth--positive values north of equator--negative values south of equatorMeridians/longitude lines--measures vertically in degrees--meet at north and south poles--east of Prime positive values--west of Prime negative values--used to locate points on earthCoordinates --points on earth--make a grid--can be positive or negative--used to locate absolute locations on earthmap projection--intersecting lines create a grid--image of a globe (sphere) on a flat surface--image of earthGPS --determines latitude and longitude-- navigation system involving satellites andcomputers--24 satellitesGIS--system of hardware and software--used to store, retrieve map and analyzegeographic data-- used to describe places on earth--uses pictures or graphics
Judy Newquist 2009

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