I discovered a fabulous website today that I wanted to share!
When I was at my Social Studies committee meeting today, we were discussing the Common Core Standards and how they would change how we teach Social Studies. As we went over our curriculum, (which is based on the old State Standards) it was clear that mapping skills are lacking.
As a second grade teacher who has a passion for Social Studies, I've become "famous" (well at least with my students) for dragging out a map whenever the name of a place is mentioned. I don't claim to have students that can find anything on a map, but they have a sense of their own country, and a little bit of knowledge of the globe. They can tell by where a place is if the weather is typically warm, cold, or some combination of those. They learn the names of places, and can all find "home" on the globe.
Google Lit Trips. Yep, that's "lit" as in literature! It actually uses Google Earth to show locations found in books! There are some "lit trips" already made and ready to download, and there are possibilities of making your own "lit trips" based on books of your choosing!
I haven't explored much, but I was so excited I just had to share it. Being a New Englander, the first lit trip I want to take is.... Make Way for Ducklings!
I'd love to know if people have had experience with Google Lit Trips! Please comment!