Google Lit Trips

Digital Citizen, Knowledge Constructor
Lit Trips


Google Lit Trips are free engaging files that you can download of your characters’ travels. They mark the journeys of characters on the surface of Google Earth.  Along the path, there are many resources such as media, thought-provoking discussion questions, and links to real-world references that are part of the story.    

Note: Google Lit Trips can be used with Kindergarten- 12th grade.

Students will:

  • Be able to use Google Earth to explore real-world locations based off from the characters in the book, "Number the Stars".

Vocabulary Words:

Vocabulary words will vary depending on where you are at in the book when you take this Google Lit trip. Choose some terms that you will come across while going on your journey. 

Directions for this activity:

  1. Watch this introduction tutorial for a short overview of Google Lit Trip.

  2. Register at Google Lit Trips for free.

  3. Go to the website Google Lit Trips to choose your journey.

  4. Click on Grades K-5 Titles - scroll down until you see the book Number The Stars by Lois Lowry. This will give you an overview of the book.

  5. Now on the left side, click on The GLT Store. Then, select Request a Lit Trip, Fill in your email address and the title of the book, Number the Stars.  

  6. They will send the link to your email. Make sure you open it on a computer where you already have Google Earth downloaded.

See Accommodations Page and Charts on the site in the Teacher Resources. 

Directions for this activity:

  1. Have the students come to the carpet and do the Lit journey together of Number the Stars.  
  2. Students will do "turn and talks" throughout this lesson. There will be questions to answer.
  3. Once they get the hang of it, they can continue this journey on their own.  

Different options for assessing the students:

  • Observations
  • Check for understanding
  • Students will participate in activities during their journey and will have some partner work and discussion.

MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

Digital Citizenship
2b. Students engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices.

Knowledge Constructor
3a. Students plan and employ effective research strategies to locate information and other resources for their intellectual or creative pursuits.

Device: PC, Chromebook, Mac, iPad

Browser: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, ALL

App, Extension, or Add-on:

Google Lit Introduction Tutorial

Google Lit Trips

Google Lit Trips registration


Students will journey through their character’s world using Google Earth.

Students will visit different places that their character has been and learn about the history.

This task card was created by Dawn Phillips, Wyoming Public Schools, June 2020. Updated January 2022.