Welcome to Earth
Collaborative Student Storytelling
Go to Earth View, spin it, and drop Pegman at a random location.
Elementary -- Write a quick 5 sentence story with this location as the setting. Feel free to get create and use more than one photosphere if you'd like! Make sure to paste the link to your photosphere on your document.
Open up the document to the right and press File --> Make a Copy and start writing.
Can you find your house?
Want to see if your students really know where they live? Call them up to your desk, have them tell you their address and look it up on Street View.
"Is that your house?"
"Cool. Standard Mastered."
Personal Narratives (on Google Earth)
Have students type out personal narratives/short stories using Google Docs.
Copy and paste those paragraphs onto a new Google Site.
Have students find the locations/settings of their Personal Narratives on Google Maps/Street View.
Google Earth Adventure Puzzles!
This is a tad advanced, but you can create a Google Form with Response Validation (in other words, students can't submit an item on a form until a certain condition is met) - Here's one as an example
Create a project using the different spots along the way as hints. Click the image to the right to open up a sample project with puzzles.
Solve the puzzles, make your way through the form.
Google Lit Trips
Pre-made stories/collections/projects about children's/young adult books.
Sign up for free at googlelittrips.org/
This will save you a TON of time as you start to plan for this upcoming school year!
Google Earth Book Reports
Instead of a diorama, have students create visual book reports through Google Earth
Search for the locations/settings in their stories where the events may have taken place.
Have the students add summaries, questions, descriptions, quotes, etc.
Scale Model of the Solar System
Using different digital tools, have the students recreate a scale model of the Solar System using everyday objects.
A "Short Story Setting" Map
Have one person in your group create a new Google Doc and make it where "anyone with the link can view".
Write a "brief" short story. Make sure in that story you mention it's "setting".
Open up the map to the right and press "edit"
Drop a pin on the map where the setting of your story took place and place the link to your Google Doc in the pin.