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Integration of technology

Google Lit. Trips

One of my goals this year is to search for ways to meaningfully integrate technology into our existing curriculum.  One great lesson I did with the first grade was a “Google Lit. Trip.”  In October, our first grade team covers “maps and globes” in their social studies block.  Meanwhile, I had just read about “Google Lit. Trips” in Book Links magazine, and after a brief meeting with the first grade teachers, we gave it a go.  During week one, I read the picture book classic Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey. I introduced five “focus” words for our word wall prior to reading:  island, river, highway, street, and park.  During this same week, the first grade teachers reviewed these map words and also introduced other map terms, such as compass rose and symbols.  The next week, we went on our “google lit trip” to Boston, where the story takes place. I clicked on “play” and, the program, using google earth, took us to 14 places in Boston that were in the story.  I paused the program in different spots to demonstrate our five words from the previous week’s word bank.  The lit. trip even let us click on icons to see some of the sights at the various stops along the way. The teachers also reviewed symbols and compass rose while we were on the trip. 

Click on the following link:  http://www.googlelittrips.org/, and search for “Make Way for Ducklings.”  You’ll need to download the trip.  It was a great way to integrate a classic with new technology while still teaching skills in our social studies curriculum.  There are google lit trips available for students at all levels.  Click on the link to find out more information!



5 Responses

  1. Whoops! I forgot to include my name in the byline. This article was submitted by Becky Russell, Fireside Elementary Teacher-Librarian : > )

  2. Becky,
    I love the idea of tying the Lit Trip to the weekly Vocabulary words! What a wonderful idea for integrating GoogleLitTrips into the classroom. I’ve been thinking about collecting the wide range of integration strategies that people are sending me. Would you be interested in Writing up a paragraph or two on this strategy and allowing me to post it on the GoogleLitTrip site?

    Thanks for your interest in the GoogleLitTrip.com project!

  3. I love your example, Becky. I bet the kids really enjoyed this activity a lot. It looks like this could easily be adapted to secondary kids as well. Thanks for sharing.

    I just bought some Flip cameras and the kids at my school are having a heyday filming each other’s skits and plays. One group of 7th graders created a mystery for their language arts class and performed it instead of just writing it out. It was a great learning experience for them as well as for their teacher. Shw was thrilled not having to read and grade their mystery!! What a simple use of technology to show ingenuity but quite effective, too.


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