Global Positioning System (GPS) Jenna Prewitt

Title: Global Positioning System (GPS)

Summary/abstract: Students will take a field trip to Poudre River Trail. Each pair of students will find 10 ant hills, plot their location on GPS units as well as 5 food and water sources. Once back to the classroom, we will discuss why the ant hills are located where they are.

Standard: 2.2.2.b- Analyze and interpret data about structures or behaviors of a population that help that population survive.

Audience: 2nd Grade
Behavior: analyze and interpret data found on the location of ant hills.
Condition: in pairs, at the Poudre River Trail with GPS units
Degree: 10 data points of ant hills and 5 points of food and water sources

21st Century Skills and Bloom’s:
ISTE 4.c- Collect and analyze data to identify solutions and/or make informed decisions
This supports the skill because students will be collecting and analyzing the data, using GPS units, they find on the locations of ant hills and their food and water sources.
Knowledge- recalling data from the GPS units.
Comprehension- they have to understand what could put ant hills in danger to understand why they are located where they are.
Analysis- they will analyze the data that is collected.
Evaluation- they will make informed decisions based on the results of their data.

Overview of the technology tool (links to the site, tutorials, etc. would be useful):
GPS units are useful because students can get a better idea on how maps works and spacial awareness. Many GPS devices have options for students to “pin” their location. When the GPS is plugged into a computer, students can see on a map where they had traveled. They are also useful because they can be used in many ways; tasks could be given to find local landmarks such as a nearby body of water or highway. Students can then use the GPS to find the longitude and latitude coordinates of familiar objects near the school and navigate to them. This is a great activity for younger students to learn about maps by taking them on a field trip, “pinning” various locations, then returning back to the classroom to see their trip on a map.

Lesson details:
After discussing structures that help animals survive; students will conduct a study on ant hills.
-Field Trip to Poudre River Trail
-Plot 10 data points on the location of ant hills on the GPS.
-Plot 5 food / water sources around the ant hills on the GPS.
-Back in the class
-Students will look at the pins on the map that they created on the GPS while at Poudre River Trail.
-Then discuss patterns of where the ant hills are located.
-Discuss why the ant hills are located where they are; thinking about safety, food, water, etc
-Pairs will join with one other pair and compare their findings to result in a informed decision about the structures of ant hills.

What’s the Added Value:
This will add value to the classroom because it is a hands on activity where they can go outside the classroom and use what they have already learned about maps and animal structures and apply it to a real life situation to discover why structures help animals stay alive.

What I learned:
I learned that schools can also use Google Earth Pro for free which is another mapping site to track pins based on certain locations. GPS units are effective when doing mapping units and to help the children see the patterns for animal structures that help them survive. Using the GPS units are 21st century teaching because it is allowing the children to get a deeper understanding of why structures animals use to survive are located they way they are. They allow children to use them on their own after a brief lesson on how they work by the teacher. Children can then plug them into the computer to generate a map so they can see all the points at once and analyze the points to find a pattern. This will allow them to come up with an informed decision about why ant hills are located where they are.