We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey.
John Hope Franklin, Historian


  • Exploring the World from our Classroom
  • Google Maps vs Google Earth
  • Google Earth Resources
  • Google Map
  • Search & Get Directions
  • Satellite View, Terrain View, & Traffic
  • Street View
  • More... (Photos, Videos, Wikipedia, Webcams)
  • My Maps: Browse & Create

Activity #1

1. Access to our collaborative map is here.

2. Read the passage "A Cosmopolite in a Cafe" (Copyright free from Lit2Go)

3. Add a place marker identifying a place mentioned in the passage.

4. Add content to the place marker using the rich text editing tools that relates to the passage (theme, vocabulary, setting, mood, etc).

5. Advanced: Change the icon

6. Even more advanced: Add a related image or other media to the place marker using the HTML editor.

7. Explore other places marked from the story.

Our Map from "A Cosmopolite in a Cafe"

Activity #2 (Time Permitting)

In the passage, the cosmopolite shares his travels. Where have you traveled to? Create a My Maps of the places you have been. Make sure to include:

1. Placemarkers (Default or Custom)
2. Use Rich-Text or HTML editing tools
3. Advanced: Browse the directory for content to add to your map.


The Tools
 Reference and Crib Sheet
 Curriculum Resources
 Reference URLs
 Sketch Up
 Google Maps in Other Languages
Students of foreign languages can be tasked to locate cities, give directions, or create placemarks about museums, shops, geographical features and other cultural practices.
 For Fun...