Over the last few weeks, 3rd Graders have been looking at where they live! They began by researching with the great mapping eBooks from MyOn! MyOn has been a great resource for students to learn about maps because it gives students the most up-to-date information on the topic. We read about the history of maps to current day satellite generated maps.
With a little bit of background information under their belts, students used Google Earth to look at their earth, continent, country, state, city and school.
Students were amazed at the close up views of their world, all the way down to their houses! Once they looked at each of these views, they created a Google slideshow with the images from Google Earth. The lesson took an interesting turn as students began to create their Google slideshow. As we were approaching Thanksgiving, my students decided to add a Thanksgiving theme to our mapping/Google Earth lesson. They were inspired by the views of their home in the universe, and their slideshows were a great demonstration of their learning!