You Can Do THAT With Maps?

Using Maps Across the Curriculum

You are probably familiar with Google maps.  They are easily embedded on your blog or website.  Just go to Google Maps and click the gear in the lower right corner. Choose "My Places" then click the red "Create" button.  You can add place markers, shapes, and lines on your map. Save it and click the paper clip button to get the link and embed codes.  Here are a few examples:

  1. States reports map with custom icons (students created).
  2. Regions of the United States and Regions of Virginia (I created).
  3. 3rd Grade Explorers Map, 4th Grade Virginia Map (students created).
  4. Embedded street view maps of different places (I created).
  5. 1st Grade Migration Google Map with photos (I created)

Scribble Maps has a nice variety of icons to use and it's simple enough for younger students.  Here's an example of a 1st grade community map and here's an example of a 4th grade Virginia resources map.

You can make timelines with maps.

Websites such as Timeline JS or Dipity make it easy to show the sequence of events in history or in a story.  In Dipity, be sure to click the "Map" link above the timeline to see the maps. Here are a few student examples:

  1. 4th Grade Virginia Studies Timeline
  2. 4th Grade Civil War Battles Timeline
  3. Kindergarten Martin Luther King Timeline
  4. 1st Grade Abraham Lincoln Timeline

You can teach math with maps.

We have used maps to learn about shapes in 3rd grade, to figure out elapsed time in 4th grade, to solve 2-digit multiplication in 5th grade, and to identify place value in 3rd grade.

You can teach science with maps.

Most maps that you make in Google Maps can be downloaded as a KML file and imported into Google Earth.  Google Earth has lots of applications for science.  Here's a lesson I did with 5th grade mapping the parts of the ocean floor.  You can actually go under water in Google Earth (and into outer space)!  We also used maps to study animal migration in 1st grade and 3rd grade.

You can teach language with maps.

There is a whole website devoted to Google lit trips which show the different places that are found in books.  Your students could even create their own Google lit trip for stories they read or stories they write. Students can also create video tours of places using Google Earth (zoom into the places you want to go, set pins in those spots, then click the video camera icon in the top menu bar and click the various pins, speaking as you go) or Google Tour Builder.  Here's an example of a Google Earth tour a student created.

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2 years ago

Please feel free to share your ideas for using maps in your classroom!