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Dave Wallace (Student)
This is a cool lesson. The discussion is fantastic. If a student hasn’t had the opportunity to travel a lot within the state it will allow them to live other experiences and maybe spark a desire to visit some places. The depth of learn that can take place in this lesson is great. It has a logic side, Math, English and even some creativity. Great Job!
Everything but the links at the bottom was flawless. As for inside the lesson plan, technology use is great. The student will have a good opportunity to learn how to use the internet and some software.
eric danowski (Teacher (K-12))
I like this lesson. It can easily be applied to other states, which is nice, and it allows the students to be creative while learning about their home-state. There is a lot you can do with Google Maps so this is also something great to introduce students to.
Google Maps can be a little overwhelming for some students unless you are using the most basic features (mapping a trip). For this lesson, some of the more advanced features could be used/featured nicely but some worktime with the students would be needed to show them how to use the features.
Dana Lord (Teacher (K-12))
I really like this lesson and would like to modify it to use in my own classroom next year! I think it's very helpful to have the classroom discussion regarding places to visit in Michigan prior to conducting any individual research. We have a very mobile population at my school so that would be critical since the students aren't as familiar with their state. I also think it's a great way to practice the technology skills of google maps and publisher in a meaningful way for the students. You could also incorporate Excel for the budget portion if you wanted to extend the lesson to include another type of technology.
I was excited to see that you included the handouts at the bottom of the page, but the link didn't appear to be there or it didn't work. I would love to see those!