Storytelling through Google Earth

Resources: http://bit.ly/googleearthstory

Exploring Your Community

  • Open up the street view image to the right.
  • How long have the cranes been in downtown Lexington?
  • Discuss with your groups why these cranes are here?
  • What did this area look like before this construction project began? What happened to those businesses?
  • Why do you think it's taking so long to finish?

Writing Prompt

  • 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.
Writing Prompt

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?"

"Yes."

"Cool. Standard Mastered."

Personal Narratives (on Google Earth)

The Big Game

Showing Change

  • Open up the Earth Engine Time Lapse to the right. Discuss with your partners for one minute what they think they're seeing.
  • Open up this document (click) and share some ways that you think we could stop this from happening in the future.

Google Earth Adventure Puzzles!

Google Lit Trips

Make Way for Ducklings

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.
  • Here's an example from Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Perimeter and Area

  • Have students locate your school on a map and draw polygons around the buildings
  • Estimate/Sum up/round the total, etc.
  • Here's a quick example!

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.