Think that Google Earth is only for Social Studies teachers? Think again! This cool school tool can be used in many different ways……
1) Develop Prior Knowledge- give your students a chance to research settings from stories, news events, etc. before your class discussions
2) Create a Story Map- pinpoint locations in a story and create a pathway that will take students on a fly-over tour of the setting
3) Compare and Contrast- look at various terrains such as islands, deserts, rainforests, etc. and have students find similarities and differences between them
4) Student Presentations- have students create a report about a location or landmark by pinpointing locations and adding text and hyperlinks in the description boxes
5) Take a Tour- walk inside famous structures like Olympic Stadiums or The White House to bring current events to life
6) Go Back in Time- use the timeline tool to see how locations have changed over time
7) Measuring- use the measurement tool to compare or add and subtract lengths of roads, buildings, etc.
Day and Night- use the day/night tool to see when the sun rises and sets across the earth or in your neighborhood
9) Where Are We?- Drop your class into a city and let them try to guess where they are by doing a quick 360 degree look around
10) Explore Space- Discover the moon, the sky or Mars by clicking on the planet tool
Did you ever think you could do so much? How are you using Google Earth in your classroom?