Lesson Plan Ideas

Guidelines for Student Generated History Tours

Teacher Ideas:
Ditch that PowerPoint. Instead of presenting information accompanied by a picture, show the students where the event took place. It is a quick and easy way to incorporate geography into a history lesson.

Bring out the visual and kinesthetic learners. History Tours promote visual literacy in all learners. Visual and kinesthetic learners benefit from seeing locations and visualizing proximities.

Differentiate instruction. Modify assignments by making, "create a History Tour" an option on project-based assessments.

Start a discussion. For example, take a look at the "Conversation at Weehawken" tour. Note the locations of Burr and Hamilton's homes. Did you know Hamilton's home was considered to be in the country in 1804? That's mid-town Manhattan today. What does that say about the growth of the city? What was Manhattan like at the turn of the 19th century?

Links to Other Google Earth Tours and Ideas:

PA Civil War Trails

Google Lit Trips

Google Earth Education Community

Google Earth Lessons

Real World Math Using Google Earth

Google Earth Blog

Google Historical Voyages and Events