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The Vicarious Travelers

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This is a lesson designed to integrate technology, social studies, reading, and math.  I used this lesson with pictures from Rome, Italy.  However, it could be used for any travel destination.  After viewing photos, students will research places of interest (landmarks, structures, and art) to decide what they would like to see.  They will choose five separate locations and then find and identify them on a map using Google Earth (or other online mapping application) and place a "pin" in each... More
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Material Type: Simulation
Technical Format: HTML/Text
Date Added to MERLOT: May 15, 2011
Date Modified in MERLOT: September 02, 2013
Keywords: math, distance, reading, technology, Google Earth, presentation, facts, calculate, Rome, travel, research, social studies


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Avatar for Dianne Stemen
5 years ago

Dianne Stemen (Teacher (K-12))

I really like how you built in options for the students so they could have ownership over their project. There a many different types of learning applications covered in this lesson which helps cover the different syles of learning. This is a lesson which can be easily converted to various age groups and for any destination needed to cover in the curriculum. If I were a fourth grader, I think this would be a really fun assignment to do. Nicely done.

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This lesson only requires basic programs that can be found on any school's computers, thus making it useful to most school applications.

Time spent reviewing site: 15 minutes

Avatar for Julie Sheridan
5 years ago

Julie Sheridan (Teacher (K-12))

As a fourth grade teacher I think that this is an outstanding lesson for this age group. This is a high interest lesson plan, it utilizes several different technologies, Google Earth, Power Point, Google Docs, as well as taking screen shots, completing research and putting together a presentation to be shared with peers. By allowing students to create their own individualized tour of Italy you are not only giving them control over how this project plays out, you are also giving them an unique sense of ownership over the final project that is not always possible in a classroom. If students had the basic background knowledge of using a word processing document and power point I believe that the other skills would come naturally after some demonstrations and practice.

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I think that this would be an easy lesson to implement. The only difficulties might be the speed of downloads and internet searches due to the age of the computers at school.

Time spent reviewing site: 20 min

Avatar for Stephanie Scofield
5 years ago

Stephanie Scofield (Teacher (K-12))

This lesson plan seems like a fun project to assign as a final project for learning about distances. Lesson seems to be accessible to all learners. The design allows students to become comfortable with new technologies as the teacher can customize the amount of time spent on learning the different programs utilized. Additionally, technology seems to be integrated nicely and assists students in learning new programs that can be helpful to them in the future. Finally, it seems this lesson plan will be very interesting for students to carry out and gives them an opportunity to use a variety of methods to present their information that they find.

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A variety of technology is used that is also accessible to most schools and thus makes the lesson plan more easily used for all.

Time spent reviewing site: 30 minutes