One of the outcomes of the grade 9 Physical Education Curriculum in Saskatchewan involves alternative environment activities. For this outcome I chose to do geocaching with my students. I wanted them to experience something different that involved teamwork, problem solving, and physical activity. That is how I came up with the idea for “fitnesscaching”. Fitnesscaching is basically geocaching with fitness tasks at each cache. I had multiple caches set up for my students and at each cache they had to complete a fitness task along with a trivial question which was to be answered on their answer sheet. The caches were all set up on school grounds and the fitnesscaching activity was done during 1 class period. We went over geocaching basics and did a few practice activities beforehand to get the students familiar with the GPS devices and the ways of geocaching.
On the day of the activity I had the students split up into pre-determined teams and they all started from the same location which was not too close to any of the caches. They all started with the coordinates to a different cache and would get the next coordinates once they found the cache. While the activity went over very well despite the snow, there are some things I would change for next time…
I would try to make more time for the activity. Possibly by doing more pre-activity work the day before and then beginning right at the bell on the day of.
I would like to do something like this on a bigger scale or in a more diverse area. I think it would be great to do this in a place with more diverse terrain and scenery than our school grounds.
Check out the map below which shows the location of the caches that I planted for the activity. Let me know what you think and feel free to share your stories of geocaching. I am always looking for new ideas and would appreciate any suggestions on how to make this even better for my students!