This week's post is courtesy of Danielle Treadway, Library Media Coordinator at Brier Creek Elementary. Brier Creek hosted the map on Tuesday, November 10th.
The traveling map was an amazing experience for the students of Brier Creek that incorporated many standards both educational and social. Since we are such a small school, once we were given the opportunity to have the map for a whole day, I knew that I wanted all grade levels to enjoy this adventure.
I worked with my awesome ITF, Sue Tobin, who came up with and created a scavenger hunt with app called GooseChase. Sue created a chase that was geared toward the third through fifth grade students. I took her chase and created another one that was geared more toward Kindergarten through second grade students.
After a short introduction of the map on the Pacific Rim area, the students were sent on their hunts in small groups to explore and discover the features of the map. During the activity there were fifth grade students that acted as “tour guides” for the Kindergarten and first grade students. The app kept the students independently and actively engaged while exploring the map. If you have not had the opportunity to try GooseChase I highly recommend it. It has multiple potentials for both professional and personal use. The best feature is that they take photos as evidence for completing missions. This left me with multiple pictures to share.
All in all the map was a success! The kids seemed to have a wonderful time learning and staying engaged. I even had positive reports from staff, who also learned from this experience. One teacher commented that she did not realize that Hawaii was that far south. She said she might not have realized that if she had not seen the world on this scale. The only negative comment was that it was wished it could stay longer. I am looking forward to sharing more wonderful opportunities with our school like this in the future!
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