Seeing the World With Google
Using Google Earth, the students will create a tour of a particular region, country, or feature (urban v. rural, communities). Students will learn more about different regions and their features through the different views of Google Earth.
Students in grades 2-5 can use Google Earth but older students will be able to more easily understand and use the advanced features of the program.
- Be able to learn more about different regions and communities using Google Earth.
- Be able to create Google Earth projects.
Placemark: A placemark is a marker indicating a place on a map.
3D View: A 3D view is a three dimensional look--height, width, and depth.
2D View: A 2D view shows only two dimensions.
Street View: Street view is actual photographs of streets and corners for navigation and mapping purposes.
Info Box: An info box is a card in Google Earth that can show pictures and information related to the place. You can use existing information boxes or create your own for your project
To prepare for this lesson:
- Google Earth can be accessed through the waffle icon in the right-hand corner in any Google Application or use this URL.
- The teacher will identify the curriculum standard and lesson for the student to learn.
- The teacher will look for sample projects with Google Earth Voyager to inspire student work.
- Watch these tutorial videos from Google:
- Determine project requirements--how many places, should they create their own text for knowledge cards, do they need to use lines and shapes.
See Accommodations Page and Charts on the 21things4students.net site in the Teacher Resources.
Directions for this activity:
Have the students watch a sample Google Earth Tour.
The teacher will demonstrate to the students how to use Google Earth and its features.
The teacher will determine the places the students will include in their projects.
Important places in a foreign country
Tour of places in a book
Key historical places
Rural communities and Urban places
Have the students start and name a new project
Add places to the project
Customize as needed
Present the tour
Different options for assessing the students:
- Check for understanding
- Use a rubric or checklist for the students dependent on what features the students used for the project.
MITECS Competencies & ISTE STANDARDS
MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.
6b. Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
6c. Students communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations.
6d. Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.
Devices and Resources
CONTENT AREA RESOURCES
Students will create a tour of a book they have read or based on a nonfiction article.
The students will visit public art and sculptures around the world.
Students will use View to have a math talk or create a math problem.
Students will create projects based around weather, climate change, landforms, oceans.
Students will create projects related to landforms, historical events, culture.
This task card was created by Kaelynn Bullock, Melvindale-Northern Allen Park, December 2019.