So, in looking for additional things to do with my granddaughters on virtual school days, I started exploring Google Earth. Google Earth is a learning tool to experience new places and adventures around the world without leaving your home. It is one of the easiest distance learning resources requiring little prep and the kids love it; almost as much as I do. Without travel this year, it has become our virtual “staycation”.
Kids Favorite Google Earth Activities:
- Voyager Games and Activities – A collection of interactive guided tours, quizzes and layers that uses rich media, 360 videos, and street views that allow you to see the world. Kids can explore National Parks, track hurricanes, and explore space. They can even play travel games using Carmen Sandiego and discover new places, cultures, and customs.
- I’m Feeling Lucky button – As a kid, I would spin the globe and see where my finger landed. I had read the name, but I never researched anything about where my finger landed. Now, with a simple “click” you can stop the globe from spinning and learn about the place where the globe stopped.
Be sure to check out the Resource Hub on the Google Earth Education website. It has amazing resources for teachers that are READY to GO. Complete lesson plans are available on multiple topics and on many grade levels. The site, complete with tutorials, makes learning fun and easy. There are also opportunities to join global projects with other classrooms and publish student writing. This site is a win-win for everyone! Have Fun!
Learning occurs in day to day activities. So, look for and create learning opportunities throughout your day. Stay safe and be well.
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