Revolutionary Figure using Google Maps
Students will be asked if they have used Google Maps. Anticipated answers will be that they have helped parents with directions on their phones. They will then be told that Google Maps can do so much more, and that they can actually create their own maps. They will be shown a teacher created map that includes images, links, and text.
Teachers should go through the steps of creating their own maps so that they are familiar with the process.
2 Direct Instruction
Students will be directed to open the Google Slides presentation that outlines how to create a Google Map.
All students will create a basic map while following along with the teacher whose map will be projected on the Smartboard. Then, the students will watch how the teacher creates each step of the project: location, image, information, and link.
Google Slides presentation outlining how to create a Google Map
3 Guided/Independent Practice
The teacher will circulate the room to ensure that students are choosing relevant images and links to further information about their figure's location and significance.
Students will work independently using the Google Slides directions, asking for help when needed.
Students will complete the process for five different locations.
Students will present their maps to the class.
The creation of this Google Map was relevant to the content that had been previously studied. However, this skill can be applied to various real life activities and many other content areas. Students were given real life examples of how they could use this map such as to show out of town guests the best places to eat, hike, etc. While the layer feature was not used for this project, students were shown how the layers could be used for different topics (places to eat, places to hike, etc.). Different subjects could easily adapt this to a lesson. For example, in ELA, students could explore settings of a novel. In math, students could use maps to measure distance between areas. There are unlimited possibilities.
Key Standards Supported
Reading History/Social Studies
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.