## Theme/Lesson Title: GPS Trial Run

 Application of Learning: Solving Problems Communicating Using Technology Working on Teams Making Connections Subject Area: Science Math Writing Technology Utilization: Hand-held GPS Unit Web Form Student Artifacts: Notebooks/Journals Web Pages / Field Reports Resources: Camp Internet GPS Pages ESRI What is GPS Web Pages GPS Unit Instruction Manual Materials and Supplies Needed: Notebooks/Clipboard Observation Worksheet GPS Unit Unit Goals: Students will learn the basics of using a GPS Unit. Students will locate various sites and record their locations by latitude and longitude. Students will record their observations of features at each location (buildings, flora, fauna). Students will use the compass feature of the GPS unit to determine direction. Students will mark waypoints and use the route feature of the GPS unit to trace their route. Learning Goals Addressed: Science: Explain use of geographic markers and analyze and navigate Earth. Math: Understand mapping coordinate system of latitude and longitude. Science: Learn to make and record observations. Writing: Learn to write reports based on observations.

## Lesson Activities

• 1. With GPS unit in hand, explain how to turn the unit on, off, and move forward and back from screen to screen.
• 2. Explain necessary features of the status, position, and compass screens.
• 3. Divide class into groups of 4-5. Each group take turns using the GPS unit, identifying pre-determined objects and reporting latitude, longitude, and description/observations.
• 4. Distribute activity worksheets and begin.
• 5. At stops, note latitude, longitude, and observations on activity worksheet.
• 6. (Optional) Use the GPS unit to mark waypoints at start and stops of route, and retrace route using GPS directional screen.
• 7. In classroom, prepare field reports of locations and observations from worksheets and notes.
• Describe the Particulars of Your Project. What Are You Observing?: