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Google Lit Trips

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.

As we all know, quality literature is a huge part of the Common Core.  Thanks to other members o f our Social Studies committee, I have discovered 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!


  1. Well, I've had some experience in that I'm the guy who created the GoogleLitTrips site....

    (by the way, "Jay Elliot" is a pseudonym I use for privacy purposes. I'd be happy to explain in an email reply if you want to verify. JeromeBurg@GoogleLitTrips.com)

    One suggestion I'd make as you begin to explore the Google Lit Trips resources is to download the "Basics of Viewing a Google Lit Trips.pdf available here: http://www.googlelittrips.com/GoogleLit/Downloads_etc..html

    It give several tips on exactly how to navigate through a Lit Trip.

    Good luck and "bon voyages"
    jerome burg
    founder, GoogleLitTrips.com

    1. Jerome,

      Thanks so much for commenting! I appreciate your input and suggestions. I can't wait to use this with my students! (I just need some time to explore it myself, first!)


  2. I wrote a google lit trip...I LOVE it! Jerome was great to work with when I submitted it years ago. It is such a great way to explore books and the world.

    Terri Izatt

    1. Terri,

      Thanks for sharing! Books are such a great way to explore the world. Google lit trips seems to take books one step closer to the real thing!


  3. This site is amazing! Thanks so much for sharing. I love your blog!

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