Why teach latitude and longitude using paper and pencil when technology allows you to do so much more? With a simple GPS device, turn your budding archaeologists into treasure hunters during their recess time. The only requirement would be an understanding of latitude and longitude on your students’ parts, and one GPS device for your room.
Last year I opened up my home/backyard for a weekend cookout. It was the second time that I had a get-together at my house with a class, and both occasions were really fun. So fun, in fact, I decided to start the year off with a get together at my house. This elaborate ice-breaker of sorts was not only fun for students but allowed parents to meet and greet each other in a relaxed setting. Learn how ours came to fruition and why I am making this a teaching tradition from now on. While the weather is still warm, you might consider a get together with your class as well.