My sixth graders have just finished a novel in which a character is sending postcards and letters and more from her travels around the world. I want to show my students how to use Google Maps for constructing maps of information. As a sampler, I began making a map of locations related to some of the class novels we will be reading this year.
This also nicely connects to the Mapvember theme of a CLMOOC Pop-Up Make Cycle. Come join in. Make maps!
I think my students will enjoy the making of maps within their Google Accounts, once they get comfortable with how to do so and with the different visual aspects of icons, images, etc. What I would like to also do is teach them how to use the different elements of mapping (such as distance calculation, connector lines/points, and more). And also, I’d like them to learn how to move the code from Maps into Google Earth.
Take a look at my book map so far …
Or check out the embedded version:
Different layers, different complexities.
I’ll share some student maps in the coming days …
Peace (mapped and known),
Well done! Hope to see more educators introducing students to mapping as a visual tool for problem solving and sharing information.
Your students are truly lucky to have you.
What grades do you teach?
I teach sixth grade (11 and 12 year olds)