Teacher Review For Google Lit Trips

Travel Through Literature with Google Lit Trips

Cara B.
Media specialist/librarian
RCS MIddle School
Ravena, NY
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, World Languages, English Language Learning, Health & Wellness
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 4
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Knowledge gain
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
How I Use It
Google Lit Trips combines stories and Google Earth to take students on a literature inspired adventure. Students travel the actual path of the characters in the story and their trip is plotted on the map. They make “stops” at actual locations in the book. These locations can be supplemented with websites, images, and additional information to enhance the reader's experience. This resource enhances a student's reading of the book and they will gain valuable knowledge and make connections to the story they might otherwise have missed.
My Take
This resource will grab students attention and bring the book to life. One of the downfalls I found is using Google Lit Trips for a story set is back in history. The path students take and actual locations show how they look today, not back during the time the story took place. Some students will have a hard time picturing how the setting would have looked in the past. The resource itself is easy to use and contain common core questions to incorporate into your discussion or activity. This is a great background activity at the start of the story; or culminating activity for the end of a book.