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Google Earth Lessons Blog » Lots of great new lesson ideas!

Google Earth Lessons Blog

An Educational Resource for Teachers

Lots of great new lesson ideas!

Filed under: General — GELessons Blog Admin at 2:08 am on Monday, October 22, 2007

A great big thank you to all the teachers who have submitted new lessons!

Tanya Zamora created a wonderful, intergenerational lesson that is fantastic for meeting a wide range of standards, not only in Social Studies, but Language Arts as well as students interview parents and grandparents then translate the times, places and memories into Google Earth files as a class. I would love to hear the discussions generated by the lesson as the students in her class see the web of travels that brought them together!

Meanwhile, Ms. Mainwaring shares an innovative idea about how Google Earth can be used by students as they examine the history and spread of business. From inventions to business practices, students discover the global nature of our economy. These abstract historical and economic concepts can get real traction with students thanks to the interactive nature of Google Earth.

Anne Marie Verlaan uses real life experience as the basis for her lesson about time zones as she travelled from London, Ontario Canada, halfway around the world to Australia! You have got to see her lesson plan! Not only is it filled with a ton of great information, but it is one of the most comprehensive lessons I have seen written up in a long time, almost like it was professionally produced! Wish I was that talented! (Did you know that the world was first split into the 24 time zones in 1884? I didn’t until I read her lesson. Fascinating!)

And last but not least, Sheila Hansen gets to the root of Google Earth in the classroom by sharing her 1 Hour Professional Development Lesson plan to be shared with her staff. I know that there are a lot of teachers out there who would love to use Google Earth in the classroom, but just don’t have the training. Ms. Hansen provides a solid framework for presenting the topic and spurring further collaboration through follow-up activities. One thing that really struck me about the plan was its close alignment with ISTE NETS standards.

As for me, I have been walking my 900+ kids through a U.S States and Capitals lesson with Google Earth where the kids create a placemark for each state capital. The lesson isn’t particularly innovative, but the kids are having a blast with it and I get to shout out ‘What is the capital of…’ and they actually know the answer, where ten minutes before they didn’t! I am using the Sheppard Software States Games site with the lesson which works great if you live in the U.S.

Speaking of Geography, I stumbled on a great site if you are studying world countries http://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/. Not only does it provide a wealth of information, but when students investigate the different nations they will find Google Earth and Google Maps links throughout! Definitely worth a visit.

David

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