This summer I was privileged enough to attend the Google Geo Teacher’s Institute at the Googleplex in Mountain View, CA. It was two days of pure Google-iciousness that focused on the geo tools, Google Maps and Earth. In class today, I had students complete a short Google Form about their travels this summer. That information was then imported into a Google Map, and here is the result:
If you click on each of the map pins, you’ll be able to travel the world with seventh graders…without actually traveling with 36 seventh graders.
We’ve been having fun with geography in seventh grade this week. Students are using their dates of birth as coordinates to plot on the Google Map below:
They are also planning a birthday party for themselves and their friends that will be located at their birthdate coordinates. After discussing our parties in class, we came up with the following list of things they need to consider while planning their party.
- Location for party (famous landmark, national park, middle of the forest)
- Food and drinks (items that are found locally)
- Music (what kind of music do they listen to in that area of the world?)
- Activities (what are the popular sports there? what activities might you want to do in the area?)
- Traditions (what do the people of that country normally do for birthdays?)
- Dress Code (what should you wear in that climate? Are there rules about clothing for that culture?)
- Protection (will you be in a dangerous part of the world?)
I can’t wait to hear all about the parties students are planning for themselves!
I don’t have my list with me for our seventh grade Africa project, but if anyone has Mauritania for their country you should love this! One of the astronauts currently orbiting our planet in the International Space Station took a picture of western Africa this morning.
If you click on the photo you’ll be taken to a larger and clearer view of the image.
For those who have other countries to research, or if you’re interested in viewing any images taken from space, be sure to visit the Nasa Images site. They have some absolutely amazing photographs on their site!