To create interest in/understanding of geography through exploration and mapping
1. Students will work in pairs to locate pokemon go figures on or within walking distance of school in search of hidden treasure ("gold coins"), following longitudinal/latitudinal clues using compasses to help locate each "gold coin." (for prek-second year students, use alphabetical mathematical problems, riddles, or simple code.)
Note: more than one coin tin be placed at each stop according to the "value" of each pokemon character. multiple coins should be placed in individual plastic bags - enough for each pair. perhaps any not claimed tin be awarded to pairs that a. finish first;
b. collect the most coins;
c. collect the most Pokemon;
d. have the highest scores, etc.)
2. Students will retrace their steps and take note (draw, videotape, vocally record, write, etc.) information individually, and as a class create a "thought map" of the area explored as a collaborative enquiry discussion of following:
a. area covered from point a (school ) to point b
b. (farthest parameter)
c. number of steps, feet, yards, fractions of mile, miles, etc. covered
3. Students will also identify visual markers:
a. street signs
b. other markers (alleys, parks, houses, etc.)
4. Students will measure area after consensus of how it is to be measured, then create map scale - how many feet, yards, miles - and map equivalent: one inch = one mile.
5. Students will individually create treasure map games on Scratch or as Board Match , etc.