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ERIC Number: EJ779982
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1056-0300
Le Vieux Carre: A Field Trip to a New Orleans Parish
Howat, Craig
Social Studies and the Young Learner, v20 n2 p24-29 Nov-Dec 2007
The popular reality television show "Amazing Race" involves participants searching for clues and completing tasks as they progress on a journey all over the world. Inspired by the show, the author incorporated some of the tasks from "Amazing Race" with geocaching, a game in which participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver to seek containers (called "geocaches" or "caches") or other items of interest, and created an interactive, geocaching field trip for his fourth grade students to explore and learn about local treasures in Le Vieux Carre (literally, "The Old Square"). In addition to teaching geography skills, one of the goals of this project was to teach about the history of New Orleans. The author addresses how to set up the geocaching field trip and describes how he incorporated a cross-curricular approach into the activity. The beauty of this type of field trip, is that it allows teachers to include material from the language arts and math curriculums, while addressing technology standards and the social studies standards. The field trip also engages students in a real life, interdisciplinary approach to learning that uses technology. (Contains 1 table, 2 figures, 5 online resources and 2 notes.) [This project was supported by the Louisiana Heritage Education Association, the Jordan Fundamentals, the Michael Jordan Foundation, and DOW St. Charles Operations.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Louisiana